Set Of Three European VHS Videos | Purchased 050619
Collectors can sometime be an odd bunch and we recognize that we likely fit that definition. Sometimes to a collector an item fits a collection's theme while someone who does not have that same collector "gene" might wonder what the purpose of acquiring the item actually was. The collector might simply say that it "fits the collection" and that is enough.
This group of three European, and thus PAL video standard, VHS videos could be seen to fit this category of item. We do not, and like most of us have not had for some time, a VHS player and, even if we did, it would be configured to the North American NTSC video standard and so would not play these PAL standard videos. That said there are services available to convert VHS tape, any format, to digital media for playback so we will likely have one or more, if not all, of these tapes converted to digital at some point.
Specifically the videos are:
- A VHS copy of the iconic 1998 documentary film "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow" directed by Mika Taanila and researched, written and edited by Taanila and Marko Home which tells the "Futuro story" up to the point in time the film was produced and it features great footage of Futuros and interviews with several Futuro "celebrities" including, among others, Matti Suuronen (architect and Futuro designer), Matti Kuusla (owner of Futuro #001), Ensio Söderström (CEO of Oy Polykem Ab) and Charles Wilp (artist & Futuro owner). We already own a DVD copy of this film so will most likely not get this converted to digital format.
- A VHS tape from the Danish TV broadcasting company TV2. The tape is undated and titled simply "Futuro" (on the spine - not shown). We have a feeling it might also be a copy of "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow" but that is based solely on the Futuro reference and the running time. Likely we will have this digitized to confirm.
- A VHS tape which appears to be a recording of a 030503 broadcast by the Franco-German cultural TV station Arte. The content is described as follows:
which is clearly referencing the Berlin Futuro and its owner Cora Geißler. It will certainly be interesting to get this tape digitized.
- "Cora falls in love with a Finnish UFO located at Spreewald amusement park. After several years the 23 year old finally buys the house as the company goes bankrupt."
Dreaming Future House | Purchased 070313
directed the film "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow
." The film features some great early footage of several Futuros along with interviews with several Futuro "celebrities" including, among others, Matti Suuronen (architect and Futuro designer), Matti Kuusla (owner of Futuro 001), Ensio Söderström (CEO of Oy Polykem Ab) and Charles Wilp (artist & Futuro owner).
This is a Japanese subtitled version of the 1998 Taanila film. If you do not speak Japanese a DVD featuring a copy of the film along with many wonderful extras comes with the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday
edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila. In addition you can obtain a copy of the film - without the extras - as a part of the compilation DVD Aike & Aine
Weltmarktführer - ... Tan Siekmann | Purchased 110313
This is a 2013 re-release of the 2006 German documentary Weltmarktführer: Die Geschichte des Tan Siekmann
which recounts much of the life story of Tan Siekmann. Siekmann made a great deal of money in the "tech" business with his company Biodata Systems GmbH
(In German - English by Google Translate here
) but ultimately went bankrupt and then recovered several times.
Siekmann at one time owned the Niedernhausen Futuro
and the film includes some footage of the Futuro taken during a return visit by Siekmann to the Futuro during the filming of the documentary. Check out the footage here
Myf Warhurst's Nice
Myf Warhurst's Nice | Purchased 031714
is a six part Australian TV series that explores the music, food, fashion, photography, art and design of host Myf Warhurst's youth. The DVD cover insert describes Nice as:
" ... a cultural crusade that embraces icons of the past ...
In the final episode of the six part series, "Nice & Classy
", Myf visits the South Morang Futuro
. The footage includes some vintage film of what appears to be a trade show or exhibition that included a Futuro, likely from the early 70's, and also current footage of the South Morang Futuro (both exterior and interior). The photos below are stills from the episode. For more see the South Morang Futuro
Mort d'un pourri | Purchased 112313
The 1977 French movie Mort d'un pourri
, a crime thriller starring Alain Delon
, very briefly included a Futuro House in the background of one scene.
That Futuro was the one now located in Saint Ouen
, France which, at the time of shooting, was located at the C.N.I.T.
building in La Défense
The Futuro appears at 1:50:38 for just a couple of seconds in the background of an outdoor scene shot just outside the C.N.I.T. building. The Futuro can be seen to the left of the screenshot from the movie displayed below.
Time & Matter
Aike & Aine | Purchased 091512
is a compilation DVD that features several short films and it is of interest to the Futuro fan because it includes Mika Taanila's "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow".
Taanila's film is included with the book "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday
" edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila but that can be an extremely expensive book to buy and it is not easy to find a standalone copy of the movie.
This DVD can be an economical way to get your own copy of Taanila's film; a "must have" for any Futuro fan.
Weird US: This Odd House | Purchased 031814
was a reality TV series aired on The History Channel
(2004-2005) which starred Mark Moran
and Mark Sceurman
scouring the US for all things weird. Moran and Sceurman were the founders of the magazine Weird NJ
(several issues of which featured the Futuro House - check out the Magazines section
of this collection) and expanded their business
to other states, books and TV.
Episode 8 of the series is titled "This Odd House
" and includes a two minute section featuring the Futuro House. The feature includes commentary, several still shots of Futuro Houses (Dombai
among others) and a couple of short video clips which feature Futuro #002
on the Finnpartner at Finnfocus
in 1968 and Barney Vincelette's Houston Futuro
(and Barney himself even makes a brief non speaking appearance).