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Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development

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Dec 13, 2011

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This attentive and good-looking doc takes a chronological approach to the work and partnership of Charles Eames and his wife Ray, two of the most influential artist-designers of mid twentieth-century America.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of the TV drama Mad Men but tread lightly around Charles's mood swings and extramarital affairs.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A basically adulatory and very lively look at the documentary's subjects.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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As fascinating - and at times oblique - as the famous couple themselves.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Much like the creations of its subjects, "Eames" is itself a dazzling, sensory adventure.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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There couldn't be a better time to examine the complex and absorbing history of this designing couple, and "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" couldn't be a better vehicle for that examination.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A riveting story.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Made for the American Masters series, it comes across as an excellent piece of TV that seems somehow to have escaped its little box. Fascinating throughout, nonetheless.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

James Franco narrates in his best museum headset voice.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It may not offer much depth on their achievements but it still is a perfect introduction to their lives.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This documentary about the famous designers celebrates a unique kind of American creativity that anticipates the digital age.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A must for anyone interested in contemporary design, film and how life and work meld together.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This colourful documentary about one of America's most important design teams provides an extraordinary presentation of an impressive portfolio, but when it comes to the Eames' personal life some questions are left unanswered.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A disappointingly thin treatment of two pioneers of design.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An enlightening documentary about a multi-talented married couple who have been called the most important American designers in the 20th century.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Fascinating documentary about the iconic American design team and their studio that defined an enduring modernist look.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fascinating biopic as offbeat, engaging and readily-accessible as its endlessly-inventive subjects.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

Eames: The Architect and The Painter traverses the fascinating life of a couple whose contributions broadly determined what modern postwar American life looked and felt like.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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