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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman Photos

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In a documentary exploring the life and career of Julius Shulman -- widely regarded by experts as the greatest architectural photographer -- director Eric Bricker reveals the man who was influential in bringing to light the architectural modernist movement. Shulman's work plays a significant role in promoting the careers of legendary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film also includes interviews from various architects and Shulman himself.

Cast & Crew

Lisa Hughes
Executive Producer
Michelle Oliver
Executive Producer
Charlie Campagna
Original Music

Critic Reviews for Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (1)

  • Bricker has adeptly assembled a seamless bricolage of vintage 20th-century footage together with material from a doc made in the earliest years of this century... along with nifty new animation and interview snippets that bridge ideas and fill gaps.

    November 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Shulman's still photographs are essential to any study of the style's vast popularization and commercialism.

    March 5, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Precise as a blueprint, the film convinces you of Shulman's worth (and, by extension, of the architects he helped immortalize) without imparting the passion the filmmakers so obviously feel. It's functional, but it could have used a little more form.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Although Shulman died after Visual Acoustics was completed, this stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.

    January 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Eric Bricker's glowing portrait of Shulman uses its subject's photos to persuade the viewer that one picture is worth a thousand architectural masterworks.

    December 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Bricker doesn't have much filmic pizazz, but Shulman's photos encompass the entire history of modernist architecture.

    November 6, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

  • Nov 24, 2010
    I am a great fan of modernism and Shulman's work. I was really hoping for more of his work and perspective, Bricker's film just has a post-modern feel that would make Shulman roll over in his grave. If Shulman had lived through the completion of the project the would have added some much needed editing. The movie promises some insight into Frank Loyd Wright, but it is very brief. Beyond allot of Shulman's work and looking into work and visiting the houses 50+ year later, there is some insight into many architects that are overlooked, but pivotal in the movement. Not a great film but I give Bricker credit for capturing Shulman before he was gone.
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