Eero's son Eric Saarinen, who is an accomplished cinematographer himself, and Director of Photography in this film, narrates part of the doc, often appearing in it as he photographs some of the brilliant works of his father, and explains some of the history behind them. He calls the movie a cathartic experience and a chance to forgive his father for being obsessed with his work, often an absentee parent, and one whom he describes as abandoning Eric, his sister Susan, and his mother Lilian.
The movie clearly shows us the genius of Eero Saarinen's architectural design and structure, his sweeping and futuristic structures both inside and out, and how he tried to emotionally connect his work to the people that would view them. These works would include the Gateway Arch, in St.Louis, Missouri, the TWA terminal at JFK Airport in NYC, the Dulles Airport terminal in Washington, D.C., and such corporate headquarters' complexes and buildings for General Motors, Deere & Company, and CBS.
Some of Eero Saarinen's masterworks remained uncompleted at the time of his death in 1961, at the young age of 51 from a brain tumor. However, his second wife Aline, who was an art and architectural critic for the New York Times, insured that his projects would be completed the way he desired them to be.
All in all, I thought this documentary offered a very insightful look into the life and mind of a brilliant and bold architect, whose influence remains strong to this very day.