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Mid-Century Moderns: The Homes That Define Palm Springs (2013)

When Father and Son team George and Bob Alexander started building affordable architect designed homes in Palm Springs in 1955, they had no idea they would be the catalyst of what is today ... See full summary »


John C. Brown


Bert Simonis


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Credited cast:
Robert Imber Robert Imber ... Self
James Harlan James Harlan ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh M. Kaptur Hugh M. Kaptur ... Self
Chris Menrad Chris Menrad ... Self


When Father and Son team George and Bob Alexander started building affordable architect designed homes in Palm Springs in 1955, they had no idea they would be the catalyst of what is today a city filled with modern design. This documentary film goes beyond the walls and hedges of Mid-Century homes that were built in neighborhoods like Twin Palms, Vista Las Palmas and Racquet Club Estates. The film features interviews with noted architects James Harlan, author of The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy and Hugh M. Kaptur, a contemporary of Palmer and Krisel, as they articulate their knowledge of the innovations made in construction these mid-century marvels of design. Also well-know preservationists including Gary Johns, Vice President of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation and Robert Imber, owner and operator of Palm Springs Modern Tours and Chairman of the PS ModCom Education Committee, discuss the impact of the Alexander Construction Company on California Living and the "built ... Written by Bert Simonis

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While filming an interview, the producers met a contractor whose father had been an apprentice carpenter for the Alexander Construction Company. Now in his late seventies, he agreed to be interviewed in the film about how these homes were built within three weeks. Hoping to interview other trades, the producers placed ads, contacted unions and attempted to find other laborers to no avail. Joe Contreras was the only surviving worker and had a severe stroke shortly after filming was completed. See more »

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Wonderful nostalgic look at mid-century modern homes.
23 June 2013 | by tom-maguire-1See all my reviews

This 45 minute gem brought back many fond memories of visiting Palm Springs in the 1950s. The film artfully moves among the wonderfully simple yet unique structures that are defined as mid-century modern. The very personal remarks of those living in and restoring these homes makes the documentary feel very intimate and reflects just how important these structures are in defining the innovative design of that wonderful era. This film is beautifully crafted by very talented people with a real feeling for what they have recorded. One might think that such a documentary would be rather dry and slow moving, but just the opposite is true. I found myself wanting more, not less.

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23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Palm Springs, California, USA See more »


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$10,000 (estimated)
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