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Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

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Edmund Bacon ...
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Edwina Pattison Daniels ...
Aunt Eddie
Balkrishna Doshi ...
Himself (as B.V. Doshi)
Frank Gehry ...
Himself (as Frank O. Gehry)
Philip Johnson ...
Himself
Louis Kahn ...
Himself (archive footage)
Nathaniel Kahn ...
Himself
Sue Ann Kahn ...
Herself
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Richard Katz
Teddy Kollek ...
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Harriet Pattison ...
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Priscilla Pattison ...
Aunt Posie
I.M. Pei ...
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Moshe Safdie ...
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Robert A.M. Stern ...
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World-famous architect Louis Kahn (Exeter Library, Salk Institute, Bangladeshi Capitol Building) had two illegitimate children with two different women outside of his marriage. Son Nathaniel always hoped that someday his father would come and live with him and his mother, but Kahn never left his wife. Instead, Kahn was found dead in a men's room in Penn Station when Nathaniel was only 11. Nathaniel travels the world visitng his father's buildings and haunts in this film, meeting his father's contemporaries, colleagues, students, wives, and children. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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12 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Mimar babam - Bir ogulun yolculugu  »

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$37,929 (USA) (14 November 2003)

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$2,748,981 (USA) (30 July 2004)
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Louis Kahn: When you want to give something presence, you have to consult nature. And there is where design comes in. If you think of brick, for instance, you say to brick, "What do you want, brick?" And brick says to you, "I like an arch." And if you say to brick, "Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over you. What do you think of that, brick?" brick says, "I like an arch."
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Louis Kahn: And it's important, you see, that you honor the material that you use. You don't bandy it ...
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Son of an Architect
6 April 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

My Architect is a great film about Nathaniel Kahn's search for himself via the legacy of his famous Architect father, Louis Kahn, dead since 1974. The film builds slowly, but perfectly, and what starts out as a seemingly lost fortysomething's identity crisis unfolds into a beautiful tale with much deeper meaning with regard to the importance of love, loss, family and perhaps more importantly, our life's work.

I had never heard of Louis Kahn prior to this film, although I was vaguely familiar with some of his work. Through the words (both good and bad) of Louis Kahn's colleagues, you get a very good sense of what Nathaniel must have felt as memories are recalled and stories retold. Sometimes it seemed as though these people were telling Nathaniel how to feel about his father. As I listened to each recollection, my own opinion of this man would range from beautiful to horrible, sometimes in the span of a moment, so you get a good feel for the rollercoaster that Nathaniel's emotions must have been riding.

The final sequence in Bangladesh totally made the film for me. The reverence of which the people of Bangladesh spoke of Louis Kahn's work tied all the loose ends together nicely for me, and, hopefully, for Nathaniel.

I think Nathaniel Kahn finally found what he was looking for.


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