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Architecture is something that goes far beyond the construction of buildings. In one form or another, we have it everywhere, and even when you don't realise it, you are analysing it. 

Have you ever looked at the buildings or constructions in your favourite films and been impressed? I'm sure you have, and that's because when you're passionate about architecture, you enjoy it beyond your daily work. That's why today at MCH Master we bring you a list of cinema and architecture: the most emblematic films, so that you can enjoy your passion with real or invented spaces.


What are the most emblematic films about architecture?

Cinema takes us to distant lives, cities and buildings, inviting us to dream of everything we are not and want to be. It also shows us places we would like to visit.

Furthermore, space is very important in films when it comes to their staging. Therefore, cinema and architecture have a lot to do with each other, although at first glance it may not seem so.

From MCH Master, we propose a list of films that directly link cinema and architecture. You will find film titles that show brilliant architects with brilliant projects, or films that take place in places that take centre stage.


Film Metropolis. Source: Plataforma Arquitectura


It was shot in Germany in 1927 and directed by Fritz Lang. Perhaps this film can be considered the last great jewel of German expressionism.

Its plot tells the story of a futuristic society maintained by the working class, where their poor working conditions complicate the future of the city. Its brilliant imagery has impressed all kinds of viewers.

The aesthetics of Metropolis influenced and were influenced by architectural styles of its time such as the so-called 'Modern Bauhaus', expressionism and art deco. 


The Spring

Film The Spring. Source: Carrillo Arquitectos


Based on the novel by Ayn Rand and filmed in 1943 under the direction of King Vidor, it is one of the best-known films about architecture. It tells the story of how the architect Howard Roak breaks the traditionalism of the time with new ideas and tries to overcome society by imposing his designs.


Antonio Gaudí

Film Antonio Gaudí. Source:


Filmed in 1984 and directed by the Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara. It refers to modernist architecture in Catalonia, highlighting works by Antonio Gaudi and reviewing its source of inspiration.


My architect: a son's journey

Film My Architect. Source:

This 2003 film takes a look at the works and architectural style of the brilliant architect Louis Kanh. It does so through his son Nathaniel Kanh, through his eagerness to know who his father was.

The architect

Film The Architect.. Source: Plataforma aquitectura. 


This film from 2006, directed by Famir Doga, deals with the importance of the architecture-city binomial. It also deals with the consequences and influences, positive or otherwise, of building in an urban environment.

The story is about Leo, an architect who in his youth designed a low-budget housing complex. Over time, the building has become a run-down place, a focus of crime. As an antithesis, we meet Tonya, a woman who lives in the building and leads a campaign to tear it down. When she seeks out Leo to join the campaign, the architect refuses to allow his work to be destroyed.


In this film, the responsibility of architects for the buildings they design and the resulting urban environment comes into play in their interaction with the city.

The belly of an architect

Film The belly of an architect. Source. Plataforma arquitectura

Shot in 1987 and directed by Peter Greenaway, this film tells the story of an American architect who arrives in Rome, accompanied by his wife, for an exhibition.

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