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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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Cast

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 ... 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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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Louis Kahn: How accidental our existences are, really, and how full of influence by circumstance.
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Son of an Architect
6 April 2004 | by belikemichaeldotcomSee all my reviews

My Architect is a great film about Nathaniel Kahn's search for himself via the legacy of his famous Architect father, Louis Kahn, dead since 1974. The film builds slowly, but perfectly, and what starts out as a seemingly lost fortysomething's identity crisis unfolds into a beautiful tale with much deeper meaning with regard to the importance of love, loss, family and perhaps more importantly, our life's work.

I had never heard of Louis Kahn prior to this film, although I was vaguely familiar with some of his work. Through the words (both good and bad) of Louis Kahn's colleagues, you get a very good sense of what Nathaniel must have felt as memories are recalled and stories retold. Sometimes it seemed as though these people were telling Nathaniel how to feel about his father. As I listened to each recollection, my own opinion of this man would range from beautiful to horrible, sometimes in the span of a moment, so you get a good feel for the rollercoaster that Nathaniel's emotions must have been riding.

The final sequence in Bangladesh totally made the film for me. The reverence of which the people of Bangladesh spoke of Louis Kahn's work tied all the loose ends together nicely for me, and, hopefully, for Nathaniel.

I think Nathaniel Kahn finally found what he was looking for.


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