Bette Jane Cohen worked with John Lautner and made the film in John Lautner's lifetime. The film includes the only on camera interviews of John Lautner. The film premiered at MOCA in 1991 celebrating John Lautners 80th birthday. The digitally remastered 25th Anniversary Edition of The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner contains the original film plus new, never seen before interview material with John Lautner, his associates, critics, historians, homeowners, filmmakers and cinematographers.
Bette wrote: John Lautner was an enigma and I think he is an enigma today. People are still trying to figure him out and put his work in context like a style, fad, or fashion."
"Lautners work continues to have enormous influence on the development of a distinct architecture in Southern California. International interest and recognition has continued to increase. Lautner is part of a century long chain of American individualists. His work represents an aspect of organic design, the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the contributions of Southern California architecture that expands our understanding of the nature of modernism. John Lautners work and philosophy show the integration of the land, the building, and the spirit in architecture. I get the same feeling today as I got the first time I was ever in one of Lautner's spaces, no matter how large or small it always makes you think about where you are, the changing of the light and being out in nature. It adds something very special to your life."
This film screening is dedicated in honor of Bette Jane Cohen, who passed away October, 2016.