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Running Time:
1 hour, 23 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A magnificent and intelligent look at one of the world's leading architects.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Q&A with director Sydney Pollack; Previews



Sketches of Frank Gehry
No architect has ever been quite as sculptural in his approach to buildings as Frank Gehry and few have had access to the extraordinary computer software that makes this possible today. Early in his career Gehry learned then gave up the theory that form follows function. His boyhood interest in building and design began when he played on the floor with wooden blocks with his grandmother. Today he continues playing with blocks, paper, scissors and Scotch tape making shapes into buildings. He never seems to know what he's looking for until he finds it. He'll say "That's so stupid-looking it's great!" and really mean it. From sketches and three-dimensional models to the computer and then back again, he and his partners create a building with art more than with architecture in mind.

Gehry asked his longtime friend, director-producer Sydney Pollack, who has never made a documentary, to make one about him, and so ensured that this film would be what he wanted it to be. And together they have constructed a film that's as glorious as many of his designs. The film surveys his most famous buildings, including those two awesome edifices: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Two critics briefly discuss the pros and cons of his work, otherwise the film is a love letter to the man and his work. Gehry's personal life is only barely glimpsed, but we do get to meet and know his shrink, Milton Wexler, who testifies to Gehry's early insecurities. Without going any further into his personal life, you learn as much as you need to know to be able to understand Gehry's architectural process and to appreciate his enormous contribution to modern art and architecture.






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