Editor of the Making Of – GOFF IN THE DESERT
Director: Heinz Emigholz


The film shows 62 buildings – from small petrol stations to representative museums – designed by the American architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982). As such, it is the first comprehensive filmic catalogue of nearly all his surviving creations. Bruce Goff is the great unknown of an original American form of architecture. His constructions and designs run contrary to the ideals of the by contrast well-known Inter-national Style movement. Bruce Goff’s work sparked legendary controversies during his lifetime. Nearly all his buildings stood like a shock in the landscape, paving the way for new, as yet unimaginable avenues in architecture.

Heinz Emigholz’s filmic photographs are an open-minded look at the spaces Bruce Goff created. Shooting took place on 40 days in April and May 2002 during a 9,200-mile journey across the United States.


Direction, Camera and Editing: Heinz Emigholz
Co-Editing: Angela Christlieb
Narrator: Christian Reiner
Collaboration and original Sound: Ueli Etter, May Rigler
Sound Editing: Martin Langenbach, Bernd Popella
Produced by: Filmgalerie 451 in co-production with WDR (Wilfried Reichart).
With the support of MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and SWR