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Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 March 1986 (USA)
The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.




Credited cast:
Isidro Puig Boada Isidro Puig Boada ... Self
Antoni Gaudí Antoni Gaudí ... Subject - Artist (archive footage)
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Boada (voice)


Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926), Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor. Teshigahara suggests the influence of Romanesque churches and monasteries on Gaudí and the influence of the caves and crags of Montserrat, close to Barcelona. Every line of Gaudí's seems curved, and no surface is without textures. With little narration, the film takes us through Casa Vicens, projects for the industrialist Güell (including the Crypt of the Colònia Güell and Park Güell), Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, and Barcelona's landmark, the unfinished Templo de La Sagrada Familia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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an enigmatic exploration through unique architecture
4 June 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

A strange and occasionally puzzling experience, Hiroshi Teshigahara's avant garde documentary focusing on the fascinating architecture of Antonio Gaudí is a real hidden gem. In a way, it feels almost like a film that tells a "story" entirely through shots normally used to set UP a scene, rather than shots that make up of the scene itself. Due to the film's nearly dialogue free style, we familiarize ourselves with Antonio Gaudí's own unique vision as well as that of the filmmakers as the camera glides through the architecture. Sometimes there is use of slightly uneasily hand-held camera movements, while other times the camera remains entirely still. Behind this collage of technique and structure is a haunting soundtrack that further adds to the film's meditative and hypnotic atmosphere.

Instead of human beings, this film's characters are made up of buildings. Although it may not sound likely, the buildings themselves manage to capture enough personality to keep patient viewers entertained. Every now and then, the camera also focuses on visitors to these enigmatic structures, more voyagers to share this breathtaking experience with.

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