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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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Credited cast:
Edmund Bacon ...
Himself
Edwina Pattison Daniels ...
Aunt Eddie
Balkrishna Doshi ...
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Frank O. Gehry ...
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Philip Johnson ...
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Louis Kahn ...
Himself (archive footage)
Nathaniel Kahn ...
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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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25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a profound and moving work about the creation of art, that which is uniquely human and cannot be produced by nature, the cost of genius and the search for transcendence and what in the end constitutes family, i.e, all of us. I was very much moved by the family discussion that Nathaniel had with his sisters about the shortcomings of their father as it was set in a beautiful home that seemed to radiate warmth that Lou had created. And although Esther seems so cold in her discussion about Lou's inability to make money you can appreciate how she at many points in his life must have been a counter-weight to his impulses. Nathaniel did a great job of showing how all of the people in Lou's life fit in and completed it and became as much a part of his work as his own genius. Yes even, or maybe especially, our failures make us who we are. And of course there are the buildings. I had only known Lou Kahn by name and did not really connect his name to his work, they are evidence of grace. Perhaps someday there will be a building where we will all fit, and it will certainly resemble a Lou Kahn building, perhaps the unbuilt temple in Jerusalem. Perhaps there is salvation


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