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30 July 2012

GATTACA - Architecture, Film and Design

Number 3 on our list of films with a designer edge is Gattaca, a stylish science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol.
The film is about a genetically inferior man who assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

The storyline has an interesting ethical issue about reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics and manipulating DNA.
The title of the film is based on the initial letters of the four DNA nitrogenous bases (adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine).
During the opening and closing credits, the letters G, A, T, and C are all highlighted.

For me the main strength of Gattaca is its calming atmospheric quality where the architecture was carefully selected in order to fit the director’s image of the future.
Locations include the Marin County Civic Centre by Frank Lloyd Wright and the CLA Building by Antoine Predock.
Definitely another film on my list of favourites, and not just because it stars a sultry Uma Thurman.

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