Tom Ford’s award-winning 2009 film A Single Man featured Colin Firth as George, a gay man who is grieving the death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) in 1962. Every scene was so beautifully filmed that I was kind of mesmerized by it. It certainly didn’t hurt that they shot a lot of it in a John Lautner-designed modernist house in California.
It’s known as the Schaffer Residence, built by architect John Lautner in 1949 for the mother of one of his employees. It’s on the market right now in the Montrose area of Glendale for $1.495 million.
The lighting in the movie was so dark that it was difficult to get good screen shots from it.
The movie was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood. Ford says it’s a story about isolation, and the isolation we all feel.
The house is smaller than it looks with only 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
Colin Firth was nominated for an Oscar for this performance.
Here are some photos of the house from the listing:
The listing says:
Hidden in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the redwood, concrete and glass residence opens to the oak forest that influenced the form and orientation of the design. This world-class architectural treasure incorporates open-plan living, dining and den areas, two bedrooms, one & a half baths, laundry and attached two carport.
The house was also used in the movie Happy Endings.
Here’s how the open living area looks now:
And how the same area looked several decades ago, with a floral sofa and big yellow rugs that really didn’t suit the space as well:
I love the openness of the bedroom with all of the windows:
The kitchen, with green countertops that make me think of a Ping-Pong table:
This was fashion designer Tom Ford’s first film (he wrote and directed it), and he brought his eye for style to every scene. The Art Direction was by the “Mad Men” production designer Dan Bishop and set decorator Amy Wells.
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