Ordinaire ou Super - Regards sur Mies van der Rohe

By

Joseph Hillel

Duration

56 MIN

Language

French

Country

Quebec

Year

2004

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Synopsis

In 1967, at the end of a career spanning more than six decades, which included the design of the Seagram Building in New York, the Lake Shore Drive Apartment Buildings in Chicago, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, architect Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) designed a simple gas station near Montreal. The story of that gas station serves as the point of departure for Regular or Super, which examines Mies' entire body of work (more than 70 buildings) and a sparse style that reflects his motto that « less is more ».
Featuring stylish cinematography, Regular or Super illustrates many of Mies' classic buildings, combining these striking facades with observations from some architecture superstars, including Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller and Phyllis Lambert, which are interlaced with anecdotes from customers and neighbors of the gas station, plus comments from his biographer and family members.

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Direction

Joseph Hillel

Music

Ramachandra Borcar (a.k.a. DJ Ram)

Sound designer

Frédéric Cloutier

Cinematographer

François Dutil

Screenplay

Joseph Hillel

Original Title

Ordinaire ou Super - Regards sur Mies van der Rohe

French Title

Ordinaire ou Super - Regards sur Mies van der Rohe

English Title

Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe

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