In 1924 Michael, had the premiere, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, who at the time still was not him prestigious filmmaker recognized in the whole world; only he had been the person in charge of five movies in his country and for this one it had been contracted by one of the most important producers of Europe, the German UFA.
The creator of Michael‘s spaces was the architect Hugo Häring who at the time was forty two years old, he had shared a study with Mies van der Rohe and had joined Der Ring, managing to have the secretary’s post of this preceding group of the CIAM. In 1924 it had just begun the construction of his most known building, the farm Garkau, near Lübeck, which it would finish the following year, when it would begin to build another notable building, a factory of sausages in Neustadt, Holstein.
«I collaborated in the accomplishment of the sets but really the one that realized them was an architect who understood my desires and obtained something amazing. He was called Hugo Hùring (sic). It had never done sets for the cinema and it did not return to do them, since after Michael rolling, it returned to his architect’s real profession. It was a species of interval in his career (let’s bear in mind that in those days many new houses were not constructed), a divertimento, a fantasy that was allowed».
They are very nice both adjectives that Dreyer uses: divertimento and fantasy, to qualify an excellent work, is enough to see the movie to verify how Häring, an architect who was using an innovative language in his buildings, in his work like set designer created a few overloaded and slightly modern environments to characterize the prominent figures, especially, to the painter academicista, inspired love with his model, the own Michael of the title. Once again filmmaker and architect achieved an ideal result thanks to his collaboration to interdiscipline.
Jorge Gorostiza, architect. Author of the blog Arquitectura+Cine+Ciudad
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, february 2015
Doctor arquitecto, proyecta y construye edificios y desarrolla trabajos de urbanismo. Desde 1990, publica numerosos artículos sobre cine y arquitectura en medios de su localidad, revistas como Nosferatu, Nickleodeon, Academia, Lateral, Cahiers du Cinema… y en varios volúmenes colectivos. Entre el 2000 y el 2005 dirige la Filmoteca Canaria. Imparte conferencias sobre arquitectura y cine en instituciones como el CAAM en Gran Canaria, la UIMP, el CENDEAC en Murcia, INCUNA en Gijón, Fundación Telefónica, la ETS de Arquitectura y el CCCB de Barcelona, las ETS de Arquitectura de La Coruña, Sevilla, Valencia y SEU madrileña, La Ciudad de la Luz en Alicante, la UNED en Pamplona, en varios colegios de arquitectos, así como en las universidades del País Vasco, Gerona, Valladolid, Málaga, Granada, SEK en Segovia y CEES de Madrid. Jurado en varios festivales cinematográficos, como los de Alcalá de Henares (2001), San Sebastián (2002), Sitges (2003), Las Palmas (2005) y Documentamadrid (2005), y comisario de las exposiciones Constructores de quimeras. (Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, 1999) y La arquitectura de los sueños (Capilla del Oidor, Alcalá de Henares, 2001).
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