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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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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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Dolby SR

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1.33 : 1
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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 son's search for a father he barely knew
25 June 2005 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

My impression, having seen this documentary, is that Nathaniel Kahn ended up with more questions than he had before he made the film.

He took five years to make it, a labour of love and longing. I can only imagine the turmoil of the editing process, what to leave in, what to take out.

His father, the renowned architect Louis Kahn,comes across as a man too selfish and self-absorbed to be emotionally available to even one wife not alone three. But like many men of his character, he attracted women who were spellbound by the remoteness and entranced by the creativity.

One of his mistresses said he was "accessible" but that is never explored. Other comments by people who knew him well suffer the same fate. A pity.

The tension between the three half-siblings in the room of a home Louis designed is also palpable. The unsaid hovers over the conversation. The only tracks that his father left were in the buildings he left behind, some great, some not so great.

I was captivated by the music ship and the Salk Institute. Saddened by the baby mothers who got caught forever by his callous impregnations never more exemplified than what he said to the director's mother upon being told of her pregnancy - "not again!"

8 out of 10, beautifully filmed, genuine.

It appears, in this case at least, the son is not the father of the man.


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