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The Oyler House
A film by Michael Dorsey

46 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2012
DVD packaged in a certified Green Forestry eco pack

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In 1959, a government employee named Richard Oyler, living in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To Oyler's surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that led to the design and construction of an iconic mid-century modern masterpiece.

Considered the "father of California Modern Architecture," Time Magazine put Richard Neutra on their cover in 1949, ranking him second only to Frank Lloyd Wright among America's greatest architects. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat explores how Neutra came to befriend this modest, small-town family, and how he was inspired by the site's stunning desert setting, which Neutra compared to the grandness of the mystical Gobi Desert.

Now owned by the actress Kelly Lynch and her writer-producer husband Mitch Glazer, the post & beam-style home and its exotic surroundings shine through beautiful cinematography, and the story comes to life through interviews with Richard Oyler, Kelly Lynch, Neutra's sons, and well-known Los Angeles real estate agent Crosby Doe, who has represented homes by some of history's greatest modern architects.

NOTE: The filmmakers would like to acknowledge a minor error in the film. The Elrod House was the home of James Bond character Willard Whyte, a reclusive millionaire in Diamonds Are Forever, not Dr. No's house.

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"A most inspiring, moving, and memorable film, a must for any architecture lover."
-Daniella on Design

"An outstanding piece of filmmaking. One really gets a sense of how this house is a truly spectacular piece of architecture." -Canoe Design

"See this film if you love modern architecture." -World of Wonder

"Oyler's House movies along with other archival materials are effectively integrated into the narrative to create a combined historical portrait and artistic appreciation of a characteristically unusual project from one of the last century's most prominent American architectects. Recommended." -Video Librarian

"Admirers of mid-century architecture and design won't want to miss The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat, a captivating look at one of California's most extraordinary homes." - Movies.com


INTERVIEW: Kelly Lynch Discusses the Film, The Hollywood Reporter, 2/18/14

Disc Features

●  Richard Oyler and Kelly Lynch Tour The House
●  Deleted Scenes: Hollywood Movies / Neutra's Curtains / Iwo Jima

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