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Antonio Gaudí (1986)

Antonio Gaudí




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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, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Special Interest
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On DVD: Dec 28, 1999
Kino International Corp.

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Critic Reviews for Antonio Gaudí

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Village Voice
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The film is a visual rhapsody enhanced with music and sound effects created by the renowned Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu and two collaborators.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

This 1984 documentary about the architect essentially lets Gaudi's work speak for itself, and it couldn't be more eloquent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's kind of like watching someone's vacation videos without having them there to narrate.

Full Review… | April 6, 2008

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Slant Magazine

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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 -->

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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