American Masters: Season 20, Episode 7

Sketches of Frank Gehry (27 Sep. 2006)

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A look at the life and work of the renown architect.

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A look at the life and career of architect Frank Gehry (1929 - ), a visit to four buildings (the Vitra Museum in Germany, Maggie's Centre, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.), and an inquiry into creativity in conversations between Ghery and Sidney Pollack, whom Gehry asked to make this picture. Early experiences (playing with blocks with his grandmother, drawing with his father, hearing Alvar Aalto lecture), discovering computer-assisted design, finding a psychoanalyst, experimenting on his own home, and bringing an artist and sculptor's sensibility to architecture are part of Gehry's story. Friends, artists, critics, and curators comment. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An Amazing Architect, But So-So Documentary
22 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't pretend to know anything about architecture, but I know what I like....and Frank Gehrey's structures are fascinating. My only regret is not seeing them in person, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. I can only imagine how awesome that looks in person.

Every structure that Frank Gehry has put together and was shown here had me shaking my head in wonder. Then again, I'm a big of modern art, so it's no surprise I would like his off- beat ("contemporary") edifices.

This documentary, put together by Frank's good friend Sydney Pollack, however, is only so- so. The main problem is that it is dry in a number of spots. Only those in the field of architecture or students of it will appreciate all the talk in here, I would guess. For me, I wanted to see more of Gehry's work, from all angles - not a lot of people, including his therapist and all his co-workers, droning on and on at times about him.

Still, for people who love art - in whatever form - this might be worth a look, but expect a number of dry areas among the 84 minutes.


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