chapter  7
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Absorbing cinematic modernism: From the Villa Savoye to the Villa Arpel


It is hypothesized in this chapter that Pierre Chenal’s film Architectures d’Aujourd’hui (1931) and in particular the scene of Le Corbusier’s La Villa Savoye, together with Jacques Tati’s La Villa Arpel in Mon Oncle (1958), are pivotal to gaining an understanding of a history of architectural modernism through cinema. Chenal’s film sequence of the Villa Savoye is a careful translation of Le Corbusier’s vision, while in Mon Oncle (Tati, 1958), the full force of Tati’s humorous satire against modernism is most keenly felt in the way he designed La Villa Arpel.