Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011)



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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 of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. -- (C) First Run Features
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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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
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.

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

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

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

November 24, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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This is an inspiring well-made documentary about an influential pair of great designers. There are a number of accounts from employees, peers, clients and friends. These different perspectives build a wonderfully multi-dimensional picture of who the Charles and Ray Eames were and how they worked. The documentary excellently points out how Ray and Charles were more than just chair designers. They were pivotal figures in advancing the Modern movement, who challenged the norms to improve the way people experience their environment and interact with each other. It is very interesting to see how they worked together to design everything from products, furniture, buildings, graphics, film, museum exhibits, and more. Sadly, they were not perfect, and this movie points out how Charles took most of the credit for a whole team's worth of hard work, and how their personal married life was not ideal. Like any good documentary, it tells the complete story, the good and the bad. Ultimately, this film inspires people to have imagination see the world around them in a different way. It challenges all creative minds to look for new and better ways to doing things that look great, function at a high level and are accessible to the masses, or as the Eames would say, "The best for the most for the least."

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