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Sketches of Frank Gehry 

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A look at the life and work of the renown architect.


Sydney Pollack
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Episode credited cast:
Charles Arnoldi Charles Arnoldi ... Self (as Chuck Arnoldi)
Barry Diller ... Self
Michael Eisner ... Self
Rolf Fehlbaum Rolf Fehlbaum ... Self
Hal Foster Hal Foster ... Self (archive footage)
Mildred Friedman Mildred Friedman ... Self
Frank Gehry ... Self (as Frank O. Gehry)
Bob Geldof ... Self
Dennis Hopper ... Self
Charles Jencks Charles Jencks ... Self
Philip Johnson Philip Johnson ... Self
Thomas Krens Thomas Krens ... Self
Peter Lewis Peter Lewis ... Self
Herbert Muschamp Herbert Muschamp ... Self
Michael Ovitz ... Self


A look at the life and career of architect Frank Gehry (1929 - ), a visit to four buildings (the Vitra Museum in Germany, Maggie's Centre, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.), and an inquiry into creativity in conversations between Ghery and Sidney Pollack, whom Gehry asked to make this picture. Early experiences (playing with blocks with his grandmother, drawing with his father, hearing Alvar Aalto lecture), discovering computer-assisted design, finding a psychoanalyst, experimenting on his own home, and bringing an artist and sculptor's sensibility to architecture are part of Gehry's story. Friends, artists, critics, and curators comment. Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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The last film (documentary) directed by Sydney Pollack. See more »


References Columbo (1971) See more »

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New ways of seeing, light on buildings
16 July 2006 | by conannzSee all my reviews

Getting two old friends together to make a documentary feels like a great way to make sense of the life process.

You get the sense that both Sydney Pollack and Frank have found a vast range to connections that celebrate life through architecture and film.

There is an oft quoted line - "dancing about architecture" I say why not.

There are some very funny "cameo's in this doco such as Julian "bathrobe" Schnabel.

Would have been good to hear more from the con side of why other architects don't like the Gehry style but otherwise a very warm and concise way to get perspective on the man and his work.

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Release Date:

27 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esboços de Frank Gehry See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,239, 14 May 2006

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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