See ‘High Rise’ film trailer

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Opening scene of “High-Rise” movie trailer. (all screenshots courtesy of

Imagine my thrill at learning today that J.G. Ballard’s suspense novel, High-Rise, depicting what can come of the pressures that build up in the compressed psychosis of a modern residential tower, came out as a film in Britain last year, and was released on this side of the pond in April.

Here is the trailer of High-Rise. It’s hard to tell whether the film is as perverted as the book, or whether the building is as much of a character in the movie as in the book. Still, it presents the tall building as, to say the least, a malign influence on the lives of its residents. They live in a towering maelstrom of bad behavior.

Last year, ignorant of the movie’s existence, I wrote of the book in my post “A high-rise schimflexicon.” This year, with more supertall residential towers threatening to pop up on the skyline of Manhattan, articles on the quality of life above the clouds are trending. Froma Harrop recently asked me to write about it for her website, Silk Stocking. (Part 2 should be read first.)

I think her readers will want to check out the trailer, download the film on Netflix or whatever their film TV fix may be, and then read the book.

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Woman drops wine bottle on naked man’s balcony.

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Rooftop garden of sinister tower in “High-Rise” film, starring Jeremy Irons as the architect.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to See ‘High Rise’ film trailer

  1. Scrawling from the wreckage says:

    Dublin’s character is also threatened by high-rise plans. see link below

    Funny how the actor chosen for this movie (Jeremy Irons) is firm traditionalist when it comes to architecture.
    Here is is wonderful restorarion of Kilcoe Castle in Cork, Ireland.


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