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One of the pioneers of the European modernism in architecture, Adolf Loos turned against building ornamentation, triggering a controversy in architectural theory. His development of a "spatial plan" launched a new approach to thinking about building spaces. His houses, furniture, facades, and monuments were constructed between 1899 and 1931 and represent a refreshing approach to modern architecture. Filmmaker Heinz Emigholz chronicles Loos' work in this quirky documentary that features intricately composed still shots of 27 of the architect's buildings in the order of their construction. Another in Emigholz's series on important or unusual architects (Sullivan's Banks; Maillart's Bridges; Schindler's Houses). In German with English subtitles.

Heinz Emigholz---Germany---2008---72 mins.