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WHAT:           Spring Architecture Film Series: “Mon Oncle”


WHEN:             7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies

                        Koubek Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning will present the French movie, “Mon Oncle,” (“My Uncle”) as the second offering in its Spring 2005 Film Series. With a focus on films that are relevant to architecture, the series seeks to broaden the definition of architecture by questioning the meaning of reality and our perception of an image.


Directed by Jacques Tati, “Mon Oncle” offers a humorous critique on modern architecture. In the movie, the Villa Arpel is outfitted with the latest gadgetry for home and garden, including a dolphin fountain that spurts when the doorbell rings and kitchen cupboards that open and close automatically. The film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, shows how the standardization, inflated scale and ‘emptiness’ of this architecture brought about huge change and alienation in people’s daily lives.

All the films in the six-part series are free and open to the public. The remaining films are scheduled for Feb. 25, March 11, April 1 and April 22. For more information about the series, call 202-319-5188.


SPONSOR:       CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning


MEDIA:             To cover the film series, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.






























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