Neutra- Survival Through Design
Directed By: PJ Letofsky /
USA / 2019 / English
Documentary / Biography
Territory Rights: WORLD-WIDE
Exhibition Format: DCP
Option for Live Appearance: Q&A
Name of guest: PJ Letofsky
Role of guest: Director/ Producer
Original Title: Neutra- Survival Through Design
Neutra – Survival Through Design is a comprehensive documentary into the 125 year life, work, and times of Austrian/ American Architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970)- the legacy which continues to this day through the work of son Dion Neutra.
We take you ‘inside’ his most important works- the Luckenwalde Forest Cemetery, his first built ‘house’ design in Berlin, working with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, Rudolph Schindler’s Kings Road House, the family home VDL House in Los Angeles, and the Palm Springs Kaufmann House. Our illustrious cast of ‘storytellers’ include the family- sons Dion and Raymond Neutra, Barbara Lamprecht, Thomas Hines, Alan Hess, Volker M. Welter, Harriet Roth, and ‘Starchitects’ Norman Foster, and Moshe Safdie.
Vienna was a place of remarkable cultural energy and achievement in all the arts when Richard Josef Neutra was born in 1892. It was a center of art, architecture, science, and technology. After earning his architecture degree from the Technische Universitat Wien and serving in the Imperial Army in WWI, Neutra made his way to Berlin where he worked under Erich Mendelsohn and was associated with the Bauhaus design school (returning as a guest teacher in 1930). In 1923 he left for America, and arrived in Chicago where he met Frank Lloyd Wright and worked with him at Taliesin. In 1925 he arrived in Los Angeles at the King’s Road home of Viennese friend Rudolph Schindler. 20 years later, in 1949, Time Magazine featured Neutra on its cover, ranking him 2nd only to Frank Lloyd Wright in American Architects. He built over 350 projects around the world- homes, schools, libraries, and is known for his simple conceptual and practical, steel and glass designs, with a vision towards environment, ecology, and livability. He built for the majority of his career in Southern California.