Antonio Gaudí (1986)
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Antonio Gaudi's startling, unique architectural and essentially sculptural creations like his undulating walls are presented with clarity and in context in this interesting documentary by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Gaudi was a Catalan, like his well-known fellow artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, and he was inspired by Catalan art of the Middle Ages, specifically the Romanesque Period. Teshigahara provides a background on the region and politics of Cataluna, and reviews the Romanesque Period in art, 1000-1300 C.E., so that viewers can understand where Gaudi was coming from. Then the artist's creations are analyzed in a succinct, careful manner which reveals more to the eye than just uninformed looking could ever do. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Antonio Gaudí
Something of a passion project, completed decades after an earlier visit by the director, the film is given over to an eager, rolling catalog of Gaudí's fin de sičcle works sans much voiceover or any explanatory text.
This 1984 documentary about the architect essentially lets Gaudi's work speak for itself, and it couldn't be more eloquent.
The film is a visual rhapsody enhanced with music and sound effects created by the renowned Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu and two collaborators.
It's kind of like watching someone's vacation videos without having them there to narrate.
Had Lewis Carroll switched from jotting down his visions to carving them in stone, his works might have looked a lot like Antonio Gaudí's.
Don't be surprised if after seeing this movie you find yourself eyeing travel brochures for Barcelona.
Another key to Teshigahara's success is the haunting score by Toru Takemitsu, which conjures up Gaudi's storybook grandeur.
Audience Reviews for Antonio Gaudí
Call it An Ode to Antonio Gaudi or perhaps A Celebration of Antonio Gaudi but lets drop the "documentary" moniker here and now. This is no documentary.More
a nearly wordless journey into the past, exploring the roots of the visionary catalan artist and architect's organic modernism. shot in a minimalist style, which works brilliantly with the ornate buildings. these are investigated from every angle, making barcelona appear like a fairyland. wonderfully evocative score too. there's some narration in the last few mins but i can't tell what it's about since it's in japanese but it doesn't really matter. a mesmerizing film that can be seen in excellent quality here --> http://youtu.be/BT6z8bL4D8YMore
more a visual poem than a documentary. it can be argued that teshigahara made a mistake by not using a narrator or providing much information about gaudi's life or career, which is a criticism i agree with, but we have what teshigahara wanted to put on film and it is still quite beautiful to watch. if youre a fan of teshigahara's films or gaudi's architecture than you should see this film, if not then you might not find it very interesting.More
[font=Century Gothic]"Antonio Gaudi" is a mesmerizing documentary by Hiroshi Teshigahara about the famed architect(1852-1926). The film shows buildings that Gaudi designed for most of its length with no voiceover, only otherwordly music on the soundtrack. At the end, one of his compatriots explains the significance of one particular cathedral, thus giving a symbolic meaning to everything that had been shown until then. In his buildings, Gaudi was bringing nature to that most artificial of environments - the city.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]The most arresting images in the film were those comparing Gaudi's buildings to the more modern buildings. It is interesting to see how these structures are used by the public in the present day.[/font]
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