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
This is an interesting series of interviews with, and about, Frank Gehry. Frank is not especially deep or articulate, but that's the joy of his movie: You get to watch someone getting away with it. 99 percent of capitalism is designed to avoid risk, and produce bland consensus. But Gehry is the odd fish.
There certainly are stinky moments here, but not with Gehry. Listen to Barry Diller inarticulately try to persuade you that his lousy building based on boat sails is something exceptional. It's like listening to the football coach reading poetry. And there isn't enough landscaping in the universe to make the heinous Experience Music Project look good.
Anyone spreading sour grapes about Gehry should overtly deal with their own envy. There aren't many of Gehry's media creations that make me want to visit them, because there isn't much left to learn about them, after all their publicity. I'm not a huge fan of Gehry, and I appreciate that at least one detractor was included, but the movie is good. And Gehry is frequently amusing in his remarks and conflictedness. Pollacks lazy camera work detracts from the movie.
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