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Celluloid Heroes

Architect Anthony Poon presents on the fiction, versus reality, of the portrayal of the architect in television and film. $10 (1 hr)

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The screen role of the architect seems to provide attractive substance and gravitas to their persona. However, the accuracy of how architects are portrayed by Hollywood is frequent coffee room or cocktail hour chatter among practicing architects. The architect characters tend to be altruistic, artistic, worldly, well dressed, and cool (but not too cool). Architects are also considered established and not wild or too, too sexy. 

In a drama, the architect is the cool center, and often has other noble traits from the screenwriters’ playbook, such as diplomatic jury member or struggling educator, to beef up the character’s dimension. In comedy, the architect’s impartiality allows other cast members to shine uncontested with wit and satire. 

During this talk, Anthony Poon will shed light on the purported glamour, the wild typecasting and enticing humor behind the architects in TV and film who truth be told, is likely an entirely different character than the architects we know and love. 

Poon is an award-winning architect with top industry credentials spanning three decades. His Los Angeles-based company Poon Design Inc., a multi-disciplinary architecture studio serving national and international clients, has completed over 300 residential, commercial, religious, educational and cultural projects. Anthony is also an interior designer, graphic designer, artist, and musician. Published in 2017, Anthony's book, Sticks and Stones / Steel and Glass: One Architect’s Journey, has received critical acclaim.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Gary Cooper and Henry Hull in The Fountainhead (1949) Film Studio: Warner Bros. Image Source: IMDb Photo by Warner Bros., Wesley Snipes in Jungle Fever (1991) Film Studio: Universal Pictures and 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Source: IMDb Photo by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks., Paul Newman in Towering Inferno (1974) Film Studio: 20th Century Fox Image Source: IMDb Photo by GAMMA., Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in Intersection (1994) Film Studio: Paramount Pictures Source: IMDb Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis., Matt Dillon in There’s Something about Mary (1998) Film Studio: 20th Century Fox Source: IMDb Photo by 20th Century Fox.


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