My Architect (2004)
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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.
Isn't a bad place to begin if you're curious about architecture and don't know much about Louis Kahn.
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.
The finest achievement of My Architect is the way the son locates the light of his father's personality.
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.
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!
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.
[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]
[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]
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