Jacques Tati’s 1958 film comedy Mon Oncle is a portrait of a dimwitted traditionalist’s impotent crusade against modern design, architecture and machine processes, while at the same time being a pointed critique of the utopian consumerism of modernism and the modern era. The interiors are fantastic – the film was mostly shot in a set entirely built from scratch by painter Jacques Lagrange. Lagrange’s father and brother were both architects, which is not surprising.
Modern interiors and buildings have featured heavily in cinema, and you can find endless discussion threads and articles on that topic at pushpullbar, archinform and archined. This post is inspired by backgarage‘s great posts on film interiors in Igby Goes Down and Clockwork Orange. Below is an amazing video of the complete rebuilding of the Villa Arpel set for a recent exhibition.