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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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My architect See more (17 total) »

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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The last film (documentary) directed by Sydney Pollack.See more »
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
My architect, 25 May 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

There is an awkward moment in Sydney Pollack's documentary "Sketches of Frank Gehry", when the subject of the film confesses about his name change from Goldberg to Gehry. Nothing is made out of it, but perhaps that defines a key to understand the man whose monumental work is examined by his distinguished friend, the director, Sydney Pollack. This is an intimate portrait of the man whose grandiose vision separates him from other luminaries of that field.

Frank Gehry is shown working in different projects. It's curious how this man doesn't even know how to use the computer in order to create his intricate designs. It helps he is now a celebrity and wealthy, as he can afford assistants that will execute his thoughts in that new medium he has yet to master.

The documentary gives us an idea of the evolution of Mr. Gehry as an innovator and the way he arrived at his present position. It surprising to realize that one of the greatest influences for him was Alvar Aalto, the great architect from Finland. One can see how he can relate to this man, more so than to others that were at the top of his profession during his formative years.

We get to hear from a lot of people and his peers. Milton Wexler, his personal analysts confesses how he has worked with Gehry for so many years. Philip Johnson also gives his assessment about the man. Ed Ruscha, the artist, talks about other aspects of Mr. Gehry's life and he even gives credit to the architect's wife, Berta in being a great influence in his life, yet, no one sees her; only a picture is shown of her.

On the other hand, Julian Schnabel, a pretentious artist himself, and dilettante movie director, is interviewed wearing a white bath robe as he pompously describes Gehry to the camera. We feel he is putting us on all the time, that he couldn't care less. He is an admirer of the spaces Gehry creates because they go well together with his art, and the way it's shown. Michael Ovitz, another shady figure, shows up to tell us how he compares Gehry's approach as a form of cubism. Well, who knew the movie mogul was an expert in this matter too! One of the most obvious omissions in the film is not interviewing Dennis Hopper in the home that Gehry designed for him in Venice, California.

Some of the best examples of Gehry's creations appear in the film. The magnificent Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain is presented in all its splendor. The same goes for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The other works are also shown, although, maybe because of the length of the documentary didn't allow to show more.

At the end, when all is said and done, we see a man that like all artists is never satisfied by his own work.

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