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My Architect (2003)

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Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

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Nathaniel Kahn

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Nathaniel Kahn
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Credited cast:
Edmund Bacon Edmund Bacon ... Himself
Edwina Pattison Daniels Edwina Pattison Daniels ... Aunt Eddie
Balkrishna Doshi Balkrishna Doshi ... Himself (as B.V. Doshi)
Frank Gehry ... Himself (as Frank O. Gehry)
Philip Johnson Philip Johnson ... Himself
Louis Kahn Louis Kahn ... Himself (archive footage)
Nathaniel Kahn ... Himself
Sue Ann Kahn Sue Ann Kahn ... Herself
Haym Richard Katz ... Richard Katz
Teddy Kollek Teddy Kollek ... Himself
Harriet Pattison Harriet Pattison ... Herself
Priscilla Pattison Priscilla Pattison ... Aunt Posie
I.M. Pei I.M. Pei ... Himself
Moshe Safdie Moshe Safdie ... Himself
Robert A.M. Stern Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself
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World-famous architect Louis Kahn (Exeter Library, Salk Institute, Bangladeshi Capitol Building) had two illegitimate children with two different women outside of his marriage. Son Nathaniel always hoped that someday his father would come and live with him and his mother, but Kahn never left his wife. Instead, Kahn was found dead in a men's room in Penn Station when Nathaniel was only 11. Nathaniel travels the world visitng his father's buildings and haunts in this film, meeting his father's contemporaries, colleagues, students, wives, and children. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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The secret life of architectural genius Louis Kahn See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mimar babam - Bir ogulun yolculugu See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,929, 16 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,748,981, 1 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Louis Kahn: When you want to give something presence, you have to consult nature. And there is where design comes in. If you think of brick, for instance, you say to brick, "What do you want, brick?" And brick says to you, "I like an arch." And if you say to brick, "Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over you. What do you think of that, brick?" brick says, "I like an arch."
[Students laugh]
Louis Kahn: And it's important, you see, that you honor the material that you use. You don't bandy it ...
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A Soulful Film
24 May 2004 | by m-sherkowSee all my reviews

I saw this movie 4 times within the course of 2 weeks, and could probably have seen it 4 more times without losing interest.

To me the movie is 3 things: a story about a son's search for information about and connection with his father; the father's story, both personal and as an architect; and an homage to the father's architecture. I find the movie very rich on all accounts.

I found the son's search very moving and one I immediately connected to emotionally. The father's story is very interesting--a lot of mystery but also a lot of information, including film of the father which greatly enriches the story. And the architecture is quite wonderful and presented in a very moving way.

The movie is full of interviews, many quite wise and spiritual. A few folks present "the other side of the coin," so we get a good picture of the contradictions of Louis Kahn, his family and colleagues.

The editing and pace of the film drew me in and kept me engrossed throughout. Especially wonderful was the music.

For me this movie is like going to a concert, a museum and a spiritual event all at the same time, as well as seeing an engrossing story. A wonderful experience!


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