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Writer:
Nathaniel Kahn (writer)
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Release Date:
12 November 2003 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The secret life of architectural genius Louis Kahn See more »
Plot:
Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A son's search for a father he barely knew See more (34 total) »

Cast

 
Edmund Bacon ... Himself
Edwina Pattison Daniels ... Aunt Eddie
Balkrishna Doshi ... Himself (as B.V. Doshi)
Frank O. Gehry ... Himself
Philip Johnson ... Himself
Louis Kahn ... Himself (archive footage)
Nathaniel Kahn ... Himself
Sue Ann Kahn ... Herself

Haym Richard Katz ... Richard Katz
Teddy Kollek ... Himself
Harriet Pattison ... Herself
Priscilla Pattison ... Aunt Posie
I.M. Pei ... Himself
Moshe Safdie ... Himself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself
Alexandra Tyng ... Herself
Anne Tyng ... Herself
Shamsul Wares ... Himself

Directed by
Nathaniel Kahn 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nathaniel Kahn  writer

Produced by
Susan Rose Behr .... producer
Andrew S. Clayman .... executive producer
Simon Egleton .... line producer
Phyllis Freed Kaufman .... associate producer (as Phyllis Kaufman)
Andrew Herwitz .... associate producer
John Hochroth .... associate producer
Nathaniel Kahn .... producer
Yael Melamede .... co-producer
Judy Moon .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Vitarelli 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
 
Film Editing by
Sabine Krayenbühl 
 
Production Management
Simon Egleton .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Travis Call .... sound re-recordist
Shane Gillette .... sound recordist
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Greg Smith .... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Scott Benson .... digital effects artist
Karen DePrizio .... computer animator
Karen DePrizio .... restoration artist
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects
Jennifer Russomanno .... title designer
Keith Yurevitz .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claudia Raschke .... additional cinematographer
Jonathan Rho .... additional cinematographer
Román Viñoly .... additional cinematographer
 
Editorial Department
Benjamin Murray .... colorist
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley .... assistant to music supervisor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Nicholas Viterelli .... music editor
 
Other crew
Matthew Roseman .... production assistant
Sally Steele .... publicist
 

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USA:116 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG

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Quotes:
Louis Kahn:A work of art... is not a living thing... that walks or runs. But the making of a life. That which gives you a reaction. To some it is the wonder of man's fingers. To some it is the wonder of the mind. To some it is the wonder of technique. And to some it is how real it is...See more »
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Referenced in Match Point (2005)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A son's search for a father he barely knew, 25 June 2005
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

My impression, having seen this documentary, is that Nathaniel Kahn ended up with more questions than he had before he made the film.

He took five years to make it, a labour of love and longing. I can only imagine the turmoil of the editing process, what to leave in, what to take out.

His father, the renowned architect Louis Kahn,comes across as a man too selfish and self-absorbed to be emotionally available to even one wife not alone three. But like many men of his character, he attracted women who were spellbound by the remoteness and entranced by the creativity.

One of his mistresses said he was "accessible" but that is never explored. Other comments by people who knew him well suffer the same fate. A pity.

The tension between the three half-siblings in the room of a home Louis designed is also palpable. The unsaid hovers over the conversation. The only tracks that his father left were in the buildings he left behind, some great, some not so great.

I was captivated by the music ship and the Salk Institute. Saddened by the baby mothers who got caught forever by his callous impregnations never more exemplified than what he said to the director's mother upon being told of her pregnancy - "not again!"

8 out of 10, beautifully filmed, genuine.

It appears, in this case at least, the son is not the father of the man.

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