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My Architect (2004)

My Architect



Critic Consensus: A moving and enlightening documentary about architect Louis Kahn.

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Louis Kahn, a giant among twentieth-century architects, left a legacy of brilliantly designed and engineered buildings that have a tough beauty and deep spirit. His work challenges us to discover an astonishing sensibility and poetry through light, space, and texture. Kahn's personal life was even more mysterious, and his death, alone and unidentified in Penn Station in 1974, revealed that he led not a double but a triple life, shuttling between his legitimate family and two women and the children they bore him. One of these, his son Nathaniel, takes us on a personal journey to consider the contradictions of this complicated genius and eccentric parent.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nathaniel Kahn
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Box Office: $2.7M
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Critic Reviews for My Architect

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (33)

The young Kahn is not a graceful filmmaker. Yet the subject matter is engrossing for anyone interested in architecture and also one of its greatest practitioners.

March 25, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Isn't a bad place to begin if you're curious about architecture and don't know much about Louis Kahn.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

By the end of My Architect, Kahn has learned that the central contradiction of his father's life can't be resolved -- and that realization becomes the filmmaker's solace and the film's triumph.

March 19, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The finest achievement of My Architect is the way the son locates the light of his father's personality.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

Overall [Nathaniel Kahn's] attempt to find his father in his buildings, scars and all, is credible and well-paced, with neat visual rhymes that circle back to points raised earlier.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Paste Magazine

What makes this movie riveting is not its subject, but the huge hole evident in the biographer's soul, a space he desperately tries to fill by speaking with those once close to his father.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Audience Reviews for My Architect

Deeply moving, the poignant and moving documentary I wanted about Louis Kahn, poet, philosopher, architect and inevitably, as a man. This one I will be looking into for strength as the years go by. Louis Kahn's spirit is alive with it!

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer


I'm sorry, but this was just too long and extremely uninteresting. Yes, Louis Kahn was a great architect, but it doesn't mean he is warranted a complete psychological analysis post-mortem. I feel bad for his son, but it doesn't mean I want to spend two hours with him sorting out his daddy issues.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"My Architect: A Son's Journey" is a documentary by and about Nathaniel Kahn on an emotional odyssey seeking to understand his father, Louis Kahn, who died at the age of 73, bankrupt, of a heart attack in a bathroom in Penn Station, New York City on the way back from India. At the time, Nathaniel was 11. Louis Kahn was an acclaimed architect. He also had three separate families. Throughout the film, Nathaniel talks to family members, former colleagues and cab drivers who all recall his father.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"My Architect: A Son's Journey" is about what we leave behind after we die. Louis Kahn left behind more than most. This includes not only the fabulous buildings that he helped build(and one very, very cool boat), but also the three families and the three women who loved him. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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