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Antonio Gaudí (1985)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  5 March 1986 (USA)
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Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926), Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor. Teshigahara ... See full summary »

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Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926), Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor. Teshigahara suggests the influence of Romanesque churches and monasteries on Gaudí and the influence of the caves and crags of Montserrat, close to Barcelona. Every line of Gaudí's seems curved, and no surface is without textures. With little narration, the film takes us through Casa Vicens, projects for the industrialist Güell (including the Crypt of the Colònia Güell and Park Güell), Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, and Barcelona's landmark, the unfinished Templo de La Sagrada Familia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A very unique and fascinating experience!
1 October 2014 | by (Dallastown, Pennsylvania, United States) – See all my reviews

Going into this film, I really had no idea who was Antonio Gaudi nor was I deeply familiar with his works. I knew the film was about architecture and had very little dialogue. I wanted to approach the film without knowing much about the artist. In this approach, I felt it would release my expectations. This gave me quite a journey! I am sure other films of similar structure have been made, but probably not about such an interesting individual.

This film looks at the famous architectural works of Antonio Gaudi, a Spaniard who lived in the early 20th century. His architectural works are incredibly striking, and it may be safe to say that no other architect is quite like him! That being said, the film examines his works as though someone is wondering patiently through the streets of Barcelona. Because of the paucity of the dialogue, the film deploys odd ambiance and electronic music to somehow express Gaudi's works. The result is a very unique and fascinating experience.

The viewer will fall into a state of awed hypnosis as the camera eye moves in a snail's pace looking at Gaudi's works. Since Gaudi's works are so different from anything else, it has the feeling of something other worldly. Once in a while, the music stops, and we are shown pictures of everyday, mundane life in Spain. But then, the music reappears again as we walk through Gaudi's architecture, as though we are being transported into another world the exists right alongside the modern-day life of Barcelona.

At the end of the film, we are told more about Gaudi's life. I still don't know much about him, but now seeing this film, I am eager to learn more. Try to approach this film like I did; with innocent eyes, even if you know a lot of Gaudi. Without the use of very little words, and with the use of grotesque music, the movie is a great introduction into the mind of someone who might have been a genius.


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