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I'm a french guy and I'm 38, for many years I'm really fond of contemporary mid-century american houses of 50's, 60's and 70's. According to me, the beautiful house I know is Fallingwater from FLW, but I also love houses of Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig and others architects of the same style...
Since I saw for the first time the movie North by northwest (title "La mort aux trousses" in France) I really falled in love with this awesome house that we can see at the end of the movie.
When I didn't have internet, I wasn't able to know where this extraordinary house can be situed, who have designed it, etc... Today I know that this house doesn't exist, but I decided to try to draw what it could be in reality. and maybe if one day I would get enough money... build it ! I have already made a first try but I'm not satisfied, as soon as it possible I'll show your what I've done.
This is the reason why I desperetely try to get some informations about this house, is there anybody here who can help me, maybe show me his own plans of this house, give me some informations, pictures, weblinks of Hitchcock's movie... In France it's impossible to get useful informations...
Thanks you in advance for the help you will bring me.
I have a few mobile phone photos I took while watching the movie. Hitchcock designed very interesting sets,sometimes very technical challenged sets like in Rope.
One hears the same story (he didn't want the job, so he deliberately set a price he knew the studio wouldn't pay) more often about The Fountainhead. The only source for this is a 1945 article by George Nelson; I've never seen letters, public statements or the like, by Wright or anyone close to him, to document it.
Possibly MGM, or some library or private collection, still owns the drawings. That would probably require a trip to the US.
http://filmmakeriq.com/2010/11/hitchcoc ... sic-films/
I found this drawings but useless to tell you that making detailled plans with only this kind of thing is very difficult !
So, if you like this house, you'll have to fill in the blanks as you see fit. There are some nice details among the stills that we have from the movie: the balcony outside the bedroom, glazing detail, etc. But it's purely a fantasy -- and hardly a work of architecture . . .
http://art4logic.blogspot.com/2012/02/v ... hwest.html
I often carefully saw the end of the film and every time I wonder if there are incoherences between the exterior views, the interior views, and the general organization of the house plans ???... An example ? If you look at the first picture above, and you compare with the one below, you can see that the living room seems to be less wide than the exterior view; the french windows have no the same cut on the two pictures...
Two movies with full-scale houses built to be destroyed are "Zabriske Point" (1970; a $7M movie that grossed less than $1M), in which a house in the desert is blown to smithereens, and one of the "Lethal Weapons" franchise in which a full-scale replica of Lautner's "Rainbow" House was brought down by Mel Gibson, a cable and a winch.
Hollywood is very casual about accuracy. In "House On Haunted Hill," exterior shots of the titular structure are of Ennis, while interior shots completely ignore the house. Same with "Female" (1933) with Ruth Chatterton, Ennis exteriors, and Warner Bros. studio interiors. One exterior shot done on a sound stage placed a swimming pool where the car court is. I think this was the first time a FLW house was used in a movie. That various shots in "NBN" don't quite jibe is not surprising.
"North By Northwest" is, in the end, an elaborate romcom. All the McGuffins used throughout the movie are just devices to get Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint together.
In the making of documentary they said they built the house and recounted how fun it was to move the camera around the model as if it were built in Rapid City.
They built a concrete Mount Rushmore since they couldn't use the location itself. There is one thing I didn't know before Eve shoots Roger Thornhill in the restaurant if you look closely a kid covers his ears before the gun goes off.
I'm very surprised because i've been heard that it was a model of a real house which have been blown up In all case I also do love this house because I find it looks like FLW design, generaly I love cantilever houses...Roderick Grant wrote: Two movies with full-scale houses built to be destroyed are "Zabriske Point" (1970; a $7M movie that grossed less than $1M), in which a house in the desert is blown to smithereens, and one of the "Lethal Weapons" franchise in which a full-scale replica of Lautner's "Rainbow" House was brought down by Mel Gibson, a cable and a winch.
Jeff, concerning the boy with fingers in his ears, I read recently that Hitchcock found that so funny, then he decided to keep the scene in the movie For the house they built I would really like to find photos or anything else...
I'm going to make new plans of this house, but when I saw the copies-screen I actually have, I think I'm going to have to show imagination, because there are many nonsenses... Look at the two first pictures below, the balcony seems to stop at the end of Eve's room, confirmed by the second picture where we can see the end of the balcony with a wooden beam down basin on a stone post:
But later, when Vandamm, Leonard and Eve go away from the house, this one has a balcony on all the lenght of the house, and the wooden beam or stone post have disappeared, someone can explain please ???!!!!
The "Zabriske Point" house was shown blowing up from a distance, so no interior detail was needed. The "Lethal Weapon" house also was shown only from the downhill side for the demolition. If I remember correctly, some interior shots were done in the actual house ... which they did not destroy.