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"American Masters" Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)

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Sketches of Frank Gehry: Season 20: Episode 7 -- A look at the life and work of the renown architect.
Sketches of Frank Gehry: Season 20: Episode 7 -- A look at the life and work of the renown architect.

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10 September 2005 (Season 20, Episode 7)
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Scheduling Sundance, Day 2: January 21, 2011
 (From Cinematical. 21 January 2011, 1:00 AM, PST)

Cactus Three sets fund to help complete films
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 14 October 2010, 1:00 PM, PDT)

Sydney Pollack: Hollywood's Quiet Icon
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 26 May 2010, 3:22 PM, PDT)

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Cast

 (Episode Cast)
Charles Arnoldi ... Himself (as Chuck Arnoldi)

Barry Diller ... Himself

Michael Eisner ... Himself
Rolf Fehlbaum ... Himself
Hal Foster ... Himself (archive footage)
Mildred Friedman ... Herself
Frank O. Gehry ... Himself

Bob Geldof ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself
Charles Jencks ... Himself
Philip Johnson ... Himself
Thomas Krens ... Himself
Peter Lewis ... Himself
Herbert Muschamp ... Himself

Michael Ovitz ... Himself

Sydney Pollack ... Himself
Norman Rosenthal ... Himself
Edward Ruscha ... Himself
Esa-Pekka Salonen ... Himself

Julian Schnabel ... Himself
Milton Wexler ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Produced by
Stanley F. Buchthal .... executive producer (as Stanley Buchthal)
Cathrine Ellis .... line producer
Prudence Glass .... series producer
Julie Goldman .... co-executive producer
Ultan Guilfoyle .... producer
Maya Kamila Hoffmann .... executive producer (as Maja Hoffmann)
Krysanne Katsoolis .... co-executive producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Julie Sacks .... supervising producer
Caroline Stevens .... co-executive producer
Brainerd Taylor .... associate producer
Suzanne Weil .... executive producer
Hiro Yamagata .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Claes Nystrom  (as Sorman & Nystrom)
Jonas Sorman  (as Sorman & Nystrom)
 
Cinematography by
Marcus Birsel 
Ultan Guilfoyle 
Sydney Pollack 
Claudio Rocha 
George Tiffin 
 
Film Editing by
Karen Schmeer 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Sears .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adrian Bell .... sound recordist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
John Moros .... sound editor
Sean O'Neil .... sound recordist
Jon Oh .... sound
Nicholas Schenck .... additional sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Duarte .... assistant camera
Eric Jennings .... first assistant camera
Michael Lindquist .... assistant camera
Steve Mulcahey .... key grip
Bruce Sears .... assistant camera
James Tavella .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Patrick Lindenmaier .... color correction
Michael Weingrad .... assistant editor
Adam Zucker .... additional editor
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kiki Allgeier .... production administration
Heidi Druckemiller .... researcher
Hope Hall .... researcher
Sophie Heldman .... location manager
Melissa Lintinger .... production accountant
Nicole London .... production coordinator
Tanit Plana .... location manager
Heidi Sowards .... location manager
Keri Wilson .... assistant to director
 
Thanks
Dia Sokol Savage .... thanks (as Dia Sokol)
Laura Stella .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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83 min
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Australia:M | Germany:o.Al. | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Strong points, weak points, 4 January 2007
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

Somehow I expected an exploration of architecture with a movie camera by a real pro, but I was disappointed. Basically this is a fairly conventional documentary with talking heads and static views of buildings – sometimes, it has to be acknowledged, beautifully enlivened by water or reflections of it as well as by the occasional drifting cloud.

The title is not bad. Basically, Sydney Pollack sketches famed architect Frank O. Gehry with his camera (mostly hand-held videocam). It is a bit corny that the movie starts with an extreme close up of a Gehry sketch - or rather a print of a Gehry sketch - which is misleading as the sketches the title refers to are the ones the director makes of his subject. Gehry is Pollack's friend and comes through as a demure, well behaved man I am sure everybody likes to have as a granddad.

The best scenes show Gehry in his studio, brooding over working models, or at the wheel of his car, completely relaxed. We observe a man who has strong memories about his childhood and his youth, who never forgot poverty and the fear of failure and bankruptcy but also fondly remembers people who showed him kindness or gave him insights. His art must somehow come out of these memories and his specific biography. Unfortunately the movie does not make inquiries to go deeper, but maybe that would be asking too much of a documentary.

What I really regret is, that the choice of buildings centers on the later work of the architect. I studied architecture circa 15 years ago. In my memory Gehry is principally honored by schools of architecture for his artistry when finding new formal expressions using cheap everyday materials in new and unexpected ways, for example his studies concerning an artistic use of chain-link fences. I think this „research" work inspired younger architects in Switzerland, e.g. world famous Herzog & de Meuron. Later his buildings became somewhat „slicker" and the materials more exclusive and expensive – the aid of computer design programs probably seduced this architect into creating twisted sculptures and then just blowing them up and out of proportion. At least the movie includes the O'Neill Hay Barn, at San Juan Capistrano, CA, from 1968, a true masterwork in simplicity and possibly a turning point in Gehry's career.

The choice of the people who Pollack interviewed for this movie other than Gehry is not very good and seems a little arbitrary. They don't deliver much additional information about the man and his work – the Europeans (Felix Fehlbaum, Bob Geldof) come off best. The others seem mainly to try to improve their own image. The presence of Gehry's longtime shrink in this movie is somewhat mysterious and inconclusive, as a viewer I had the impression that I was lacking some inside information.

The main problem of the sketches probably consists in the fact that it is not clear what they want to show and explain the viewers (the who, the what or the why) and it proves my suspicion that the exploration of the built world with the medium film or video still has a long way to go.

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