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 siècle 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.
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.
Don't be surprised if after seeing this movie you find yourself eyeing travel brochures for Barcelona.
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
[font=Century Gothic]"Antonio Gaudi" is a mesmerizing documentary by Hiroshi Teshigahara about the famed architect(1852-1926). The film shows buildings that Gaudi designed for most of its length with no voiceover, only otherwordly music on the soundtrack. At the end, one of his compatriots explains the significance of one particular cathedral, thus giving a symbolic meaning to everything that had been shown until then. In his buildings, Gaudi was bringing nature to that most artificial of environments - the city.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The most arresting images in the film were those comparing Gaudi's buildings to the more modern buildings. It is interesting to see how these structures are used by the public in the present day.[/font]
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