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THE FILM 10104 ANGELO VIEW DRIVE, made in 2004 by Vienna- and Los Angeles–based artist Dorit Margreiter, is a portrait of the Sheats/Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills. Designed by celebrity architect John Lautner in 1963, the building is one of California’s most futuristic homes, literally anchored to its furniture in a way that radically overturns architectural hierarchies: Sofas, beds, dining room tables, and the like are set into concrete, while the walls, generally made of glass, are movable and can be remotely controlled. As is typical of warmed-over, commercial depictions of modernism, the house has a quasi-bachelor-pad ethos—indeed, it is probably most familiar as the home of bad guys and psychos in a series of Hollywood blockbusters, including The Big Lebowski (1998), Charlie’s Angels (2000), and Mullholland Drive (2001).

The identification of this modernist building with

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