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 ...
Himself (as B.V. Doshi)
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Himself (as Frank O. Gehry)
Philip Johnson ...
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Louis Kahn ...
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Nathaniel Kahn ...
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Sue Ann Kahn ...
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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: How accidental our existences are, really, and how full of influence by circumstance.
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A Soulful Film
24 May 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie 4 times within the course of 2 weeks, and could probably have seen it 4 more times without losing interest.

To me the movie is 3 things: a story about a son's search for information about and connection with his father; the father's story, both personal and as an architect; and an homage to the father's architecture. I find the movie very rich on all accounts.

I found the son's search very moving and one I immediately connected to emotionally. The father's story is very interesting--a lot of mystery but also a lot of information, including film of the father which greatly enriches the story. And the architecture is quite wonderful and presented in a very moving way.

The movie is full of interviews, many quite wise and spiritual. A few folks present "the other side of the coin," so we get a good picture of the contradictions of Louis Kahn, his family and colleagues.

The editing and pace of the film drew me in and kept me engrossed throughout. Especially wonderful was the music.

For me this movie is like going to a concert, a museum and a spiritual event all at the same time, as well as seeing an engrossing story. A wonderful experience!


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