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Built on Narrow Land2013

The End of Bauhaus Summers on Cape Cod

  • 4.3
A film that looks at a moment in Cape Cod when the spirit of European modern architecture inspired a group of bohemian designers (professionals and amateurs both) to build houses that married principles of the Bauhaus to the centuries-old local architecture of seaside New England. But in 1959, with the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore the fate of these houses suddenly hung in the balance. The film documents an important period in the history of Modern Architecture through the lens of one of the most beautiful places in the world. Music is scored by Josephine Wiggs of the Breeders.

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Great film! I learned a lot about Cape Cod's architecture.. I am a modernist and was shocked to learn about the influx of Bauhaus architecture there.. Pretty impressive...

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Great film! I learned a lot about Cape Cod's architecture.. I am a modernist and was shocked to learn about the influx of Bauhaus architecture there.. Pretty impressive...

1 member likes this review

For those of us who are interested in simple, affordable, DIY elegance in housing this film is a moving revelation of what early modernism has to offer. I particularly like the reminder that Bauhaus is not a style but a way of life leaving you free to invent. It made me feel more sympathetic to what now seems an oppressively campy, commodified idea. Its clear from the interviews with some of the elderly owners and associates of the families who built and owned these houses that people knew what they were doing.

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A personal and heartfelt look at a creative community--and how the traces of their presence live on within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The ethos of a creative community which has had a big influence on our culture expressed in the personal work of the artists and designers. The film captures the sense of time and place beautifully and quietly.

Ostentation is oppressive. To live simply and within one's needs is the key. Reagan fucked it all up.

xlnt! who knew????