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Sketches of Frank Gehry back to product details

The Architect as Artist
written by talltale August 25, 2006 - 11:54 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A kind of love/friendship letter from director Sydney Pollack to architect/artist Frank Gehry, SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY is, for this viewer at least, an eye-opening appreciation of someone whose work I thought I was familiar with but of which it turns out I had little idea. Visually, the movie is often stunning, with compositions that are lovely--and crisp, clear color photography that is breathtaking. (Gehry's sketches, on their own, are works of art; comparing them to his finished products is an eye-opening experience.)

This part of the movie might be expected; the "more" here is the many glimpses we get of Gehry speaking of his life and work, and the many other artists, critics, even Gehry's analyst--with one exception, all huge Gehry fans--who speak insightfully and incisively about the man and his art. It's been awhile since I encountered a movie with so much intelligent talk. It's a pleasure to listen to these people who are bright, concerned, have important things to say and say them well.

The Bonus Materials' Q&A with the director, his audience and Alexander Payne (who moderates) is also worth watching. What a sensible, worthwhile fellow Mr. Pollack seems, and what a gift he's given us with this fine documentary. Though he's had a run of non-hits commercially of late (I found "Random Hearts" to be most worthwhile), I hope he'll offer us another movie soon.


(Average 6.89)
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