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Antonio Gaudi (1984)

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara, Hiroshi Teshigahara
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, Spain, Art
Running Time: 72 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Antonio Gaudi's startling, unique architectural and essentially sculptural creations like his undulating walls are presented with clarity and in context in this interesting documentary by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Gaudi was a Catalan, like his well-known fellow artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, and he was inspired by Catalan art of the Middle Ages, specifically the Romanesque Period. Teshigahara provides a background on the region and politics of Cataluna, and reviews the Romanesque Period in art, 1000-1300 C.E., so that viewers can understand where Gaudi was coming from. Then the artist's creations are analyzed in a succinct, careful manner which reveals more to the eye than just uninformed looking could ever do. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Please rent the Criterion version of this title.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good Art About a Great Artist by talltale September 16, 2006 - 3:50 PM PDT
Almost entirely visual, with a lovely musical accompaniment, ANTONIO GAUDI offered me the most illustrative 70 minutes of this world-class architect's work that I have so far seen. Browsing a book will allow you to remain on still photographs for as long as you like, but here, the moving camera becomes a breathtaking instrument for discovery. And as the work of Gaudi (why do most references list him as "Antoni" while this one calls him "Antonio"?) is so full of stilled movement, the motion picture camera seems an ideal choice.

Silent until late in the film when an aged co-worker (who must have been very young when Gaudi--1852-1926--still lived) begins to speak, the documentary suddenly becomes verbal as this man reminisces about the master and what he wanted to express. The architect's final project, a splendid temple--the spires of which seem to melt into the edifice below to make an unusual home for the figures often found on religious architecture--seems an appropriate place to end this remarkable piece of art about art, and the quote from the architect that caps the film is a gem that may help separate genuine art from the faux.

The good and the bad, mostly the bad.... by Kenyon October 23, 2002 - 6:41 PM PDT
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Nothing is more interesting than Gaudi and his work. In this doc I saw several views or projects I'd never seen before. BUT, the lack of narrative and/or ANY info at all is bizarre and not good. Is there another one I can get my hands on that has both??

(p.s. If you are a Gaudi fan - or even if not - there's a wonderful bar inside a casino just outside main Las Vegas that is - truth up - an hommage to him. Or a rip-off if you like. Where else would it be?)

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