Architecture on Film: Mur Murs / Get Out of the Car

29 Nov 2011

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00

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Standard: £8.50 online (£10.50 otherwise), AF Members: £7.50 online (£8.50 otherwise), Concessions: £7.50

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Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom


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  • Moorgate / Barbican
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The Architecture Foundation presents a double-bill from two of the world's greatest documentary filmmakers, Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I, Cléo de 5 à Â  7) and Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Pays Itself), and their filmic portraits of L.A.'s urban mural culture, lost signs, and painted histories, over the past 30 years. Both rarely screened films will be shown from their original 16mm prints. We are delighted to announce that the screening will be specially introduced by Tate Modern Curator of Film, and former Los Angeles resident, Stuart Comer. Mur Murs The Grande Dame of the French new wave Agnès Varda turns her lens on the murals of Los Angeles, the cultures they stem from and their eclectic bunch of Angeleno creators. From Afro-Futurism in Watts to utopic psychedelia in Venice Beach, Varda surveys the iconic and the cockamamie, the commercial and the communal, mixing her own unique dose of poetics into this valuable cinematic document of aesthetics, politics and civic history — as homespun urban backdrops rub shoulders with the epicentre of the movie industry. France/US 1981 Dir. Agnès Varda 81min. English and French, with English subtitles Get Out of the Car Andersen's follow up to the celebrated Los Angeles Plays Itself is a tribute to the beaten roadside signs and community murals of L.A, the city's lost and hidden histories, and the absence of signs where they should exist. Composing these transient billboards and façade's into an ambient collage of the city, a soundtrack of local music, residents' voiceovers and Anderson's own narration accompanies this singular close-up homage to L.A, from the master of the essay film. US 2010 Dir. Thom Andersen 34min. English and Spanish Supported by LUX

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