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Postby Dirt Diva » Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:38 pm

Does this mean I'm the only one who liked the movie? :? I'm not a Swayze fan but sometimes a little fantasy mixed with real life reality is a welcome break from this crazy world!
MD~Thanks so much for the links!

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Postby modfan » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:20 am

'New home tract' was built in Agua Dulce. Wonder if there are any remnants left. The shoulda built a real modern design housing tract there, it probably woulda sold out quickly-instead a buncha other homebuilders I think are building a buncha McMansions there now.

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Postby nichols » Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:04 pm

Free screening of
THE ISLAND
in a historic theater 8/22
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4284

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Postby Futura Girl » Sun May 04, 2008 5:29 pm

i did a search and could not find a general thread on movies at first -

After watching "Strangers When we Met" on TCM this afternoon starring Kirk douglas as an architect building a home in Bel Air, Cary kept saying, "i want to see that house now..." i thought it would be nice to have a central discussion repository for such things.

after some searching found this old discussion.

so let's keep it alive as a place to link to other threads and to discuss movies in general that feature architecture or architects.

maybe we can encourage md to reconstruct some of his coments, too?


anyways re: that kirk douglass kim novak movie.... i found this great topic on IMDB:
The Real House
by ghirkyn (Fri Apr 18 2008 16:18:04)
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I was looking for information about the house built for the movie and here's what I found from "The Hidden History of Product Placement"
"Motion picture producers continued to see product placement as a method of reducing production cost and increasing promotion. An example is the house that product placement built for Columbia Pictures's Strangers When We Meet (Quine, 1960), the story of an architect (Kirk Douglas) who has an affair with a married neighbor (Kim Novak). A subplot involved Douglas's construction of a spectacular house in the hills above Los Angeles for a best-selling author, played by Ernie Kovacs. Rather than erect a set for the motion picture, producer/director Richard Quine envisioned building a real house in Bel Air and filming scenes before, during, and after construction. The construction cost would be reduced through product placements that would generate publicity for the building supply companies while tie-in advertising would promote the movie. Throughout 1959 and part of 1960, Columbia publicist Marty Weiser worked to create a cascade of tie-ins among housing manufacturing companies, meeting with representatives of 37 companies, including Weyerhauser, National Oak Flooring, and Mohawk Carpets. According to internal Columbia memos, the companies were promised, explicitly and implicitly, that their goods would be shown both in the movie and in a featurette on the construction of the house, narrated by Ernie Kovacs. In addition, the stars of the movie would pose for advertising shots with the products. Weiser succeeding in obtaining $100,000 worth of product from 14 manufacturers and trade associations, including RCA television sets and phonographs, NuTone intercoms, Simmons mattresses, Anderson Windows, Paddock Pools, and Schlage locks. Although few of the products were identified in the motion picture, nearly all of the manufacturers purchased advertising for their products in magazines such as House Beautiful and Sunset. The featurette was produced and shown at home shows in California (Weiser, 1960)."
From a story about the rehab the house underwent in 2003:
"Carniglia Construction, Inc. (CCI) has completed a restoration of the Bel Air home originally built for the 1960 film "Strangers When We Meet." The house is owned by New York-based businessman Barry Wolf and will be used as his west coast residence.
While maintaining some of the original architectural design, the house was largely rebuilt from the ground up, expanded to nearly 6,000 square feet and modernized to suit the client's needs.
"We approach the business as a builder first," said Carniglia. "We love the craft in every aspect working on a project. The fit and finish of unique design elements, often finessed together to make a client's dreams come true, requires not only extreme determination, but a depth of skill not often found in other firms."
CCI worked carefully within the Hillside Ordinance of the LA Building Code, sinking huge concrete caissons in the hillside and creating grade beams to support the new house, pool and drive areas. The Architectural design was by Leslie Armstrong of New York-based HLW. Exotic and detailed, from the various architectural and engineering elements involved in restoring a house originally built only for filming, to the interior lighting, the display of art and the home networking system, presented many challenges throughout the nearly 20-month project.
"Carniglia's attention to detail and ability to manage the 'relationship' aspect of the project enabled us to create the house we wanted while maintaining the spirit of the original design," said Barry Wolf, the home's current owner."
To see pictures of the house after remodeling go to:
http://www.carniglia.com/
Click on Projects and scroll along strip of photos near the bottom and click on Wolf Residence.


i did go to that website- and they completely KILLED this home :-(


here was some discussion regarding the Party house:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2900

here was some discussion re: the Ice Storm house:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=11998

discussion on kiss kiss bang bang:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4960

no down payment:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8172

down with love:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2611
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Postby Futura Girl » Sun May 04, 2008 5:32 pm

too funny- as i was looking at the other thread on the strangers movie - there was banana bobs comment!!! and link to tiki cnetral

I believe it was filmed at the Albatross which was just north of the Sea Lion Inn, now called Dukes. It closed in the mid 60's was damaged by flooding, high surf and was torn down in the late 70's. Tonga Lai became Don the Beachcombers and then when they tried to expand the tail that wags the dog;parking became a issue. It stands empty as of now. I restored the Tiki from Tonga Lei, it now is at a home in Camarillo. See http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/ ... onga%20lei
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Postby tomb » Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:14 pm

My wife and I just finished watching Fahenheit 451 (from 1966) the main Character (Guy Montag) lives in a very cool MCM house. My wife and I discussed the shots of the house (in and out) almost as much as the movie (which we both enjoyed immensely).

I found a clip of it on youtube- you can see it @ about 1 minute in... :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Qztm2tvmA

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:26 pm

I am nominating this thread a "Best of" Lotta Living!

let's make sure other thread that involve tv shows and film and architecture are also linked on this thread...


good one SDR.
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Postby nichols » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:41 pm

Saw a trailer for The International that shows the lead racing thru the Guggenheim, guns-a-blazin' Ha!

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Postby nichols » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:58 pm

Has anyone seen The Second Woman (1950)? Supposed to be about an architect building a modern house in California...

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044013/
http://www.amazon.com/Second-Woman-Robe ... B00008J2MC

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Postby modfan » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:09 pm

Just saw 'Divorce American Style' and the sets are typical mid 60's eichler type with multi color kitch cabts. There are a couple of shots of the exterior of the Harmons house and glimpses of 60's LA-Flying A gas station nean, 67 Buicks and 66 Fords, Early shots inside what Topanga Plaza used to look like I only knew because I had vague memories of what the old logo used to look like, Magnins, and don't forget perfectly coifed and dressed up to go shopping (heels, handbags and the works) Debbie Reynolds and Emmaline Henry (Dr. Bellows wife-IDOJ) and at the end the camera pans away from their house and you can see the street config-and does ANYONE know where that was filmed, it certainly looks like it wasn't a stage set, if anyone has the movie freeze frame it as it pans out and then see if you can match the street config to find out where it is, probably in the SF Valley.


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