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Films & Architecture: "Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air"

By now, there’s no architect in the world unaware of Oscar Niemeyer’s passing, or the legacy he left over his 104 years.

In honor of the greatest Brazilian architect of our time, we invite you to enjoy this interesting documentary, which shows how Neimeyer’s work, which changed the paradigm of architecture and went beyond any stereotype, was just as unique as his noble perspective on life.


Original title: A Vida É Um Sopro Year: 2005 Runtime: 89 min. Country: Brazil Director: Fabiano Maciel Writer: Adam Horowitz, Richard Jefferies, Edward Kitsis, Historia original de Brian Klugman, Steven Lisberger, Lee Sternthal Cast: Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Le Corbusier, Lúcio Costa, Carlos Heitor Cony


This feature film establishes a parallel between the life and work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who lived over a century of history.

Can you tell the story of a people through their architecture? If so, then the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and other architects of his generation represented the best of Brazil. An architecture with soul itself, inspired by the geography of Brazil, Niemeyer’s works would influence architects worldwide.

Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air is a film that, without claiming to be groundbreaking or brilliant as the character who serves as its theme, uses the clarity of its lines and poetic forms to (re) construct the story of the greatest icon of Brazilian Modern Architecture, a man whose story is inextricably linked to a century of change. The documentary shows how Niemeyer revolutionized Modern Architecture with the introduction of the curved line and the exploration of new ways to use reinforced concrete. Niemeyer also speaks about his life, his ideal of a just society and metaphysical questions, such as the insignificance of man in the Universe.


You can also download the full film from this website.

Previously posted on this section…

The Belly of an Architect

Blade Runner



My Architect

Lost In Translation

The International


THX 1138

Æon Flux

Rear Window


My Uncle

Manufatured Landscapes

The Architect

Dark City

The Fountainhead




The Lake House

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover


The Fountain

The Shining

The Truman Show

Paris, I Love You

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Cite:Daniel Portilla. "Films & Architecture: "Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air"" 07 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/303986/films-architecture-oscar-niemeyer-life-is-a-breath-of-air/>