Antonio Gaudí (1986)
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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.
The film is a visual rhapsody enhanced with music and sound effects created by the renowned Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu and two collaborators.
This 1984 documentary about the architect essentially lets Gaudi's work speak for itself, and it couldn't be more eloquent.
It's kind of like watching someone's vacation videos without having them there to narrate.
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.
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/BT6z8bL4D8Y
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.
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