John Cantwell: Architecture in Ghostbusters


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Not necessarily essential, but nevertheless amusing and actually quite convincing argument about the centrality of architecture in the Ivan Reitman classic (and its sequel). “The Ghostbusters’ quest is not for recognition, but simply for the right to exist, to be weird, to have different theories and succeed. Standing in their way are several forces of the ‘establishment’ — from Dean Yeager, to Walter Peck of the Environmental Protection Agency, to the Mayor — who repeatedly try to shut the Ghostbusters down. This battle against the establishment, so central to the Ghostbusters’ story, is reflected throughout the film by architectural setting.”

  1. The link is broken for me, as well. But, now that you mention it I see what you mean about the relationship with architecture and “establishment” forces.


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