Modernist Noir

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Tobe, R. 2007. Modernist Noir. Perspectives: the Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects. 15 (4), pp. 16-18.
AuthorsTobe, R.
Abstract

Films use architecture as visual
shorthand to tell viewers everything
they need to know about the
characters in a short amount of time.
Only a few seconds are required
to impart who the players are and
whether they are on their way up,
or down. Modern architecture plays
a speci! c role in this dialogue. The
occupant of the stark compositions
and straight white lines of modernism
with their de! ned light and shadow is
not just a rascal, but a cold-blooded
evildoer associated with calculated
reasoning. In contrast cheerful and
inviting faux-Tudor or fieldstone-clad
houses denote homely domesticity
to the viewing public.

Keywordsarchitecture in film; Modern architecture; evil villains; characterisation
JournalPerspectives: the Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects
Journal citation15 (4), pp. 16-18
Year2007
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Web address (URL)http://www.oaa.on.ca/client/oaa/OAAHome.nsf/object/Perspectives/$file/Perspectives+Winter+2007.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1106
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PrintDec 2007
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Deposited15 Dec 2010
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Tobe, R. (2007) 'Modernist Noir' Perspectives: the Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects 15 (4) pp.16-18..

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