Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Catalan Master

ImageAntonio Gaudi (Criterion)
The great modernist Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi's sublime creations are scattered throughout Barcelona, where Japanese master Hiroshi Teshigahara shot this 1984 visual essay. From his great, still unfinished church La Sagrada Família to the amazing curves of the Casa Milà building, Gaudi’s imagination ran riot--and Teshigahara demonstrates with his probing camera that these unique works are undeniable masterpieces of modern art. Composer Toru Takemitsu's bizarre synthesized sounds somehow create an audio equivalent to Gaudi's otherworldly designs.
Teshigahara short about his sculptor father, Sculptures by Sofu; footage of Teshigahara’s first trip to Spain; a one-hour BBC special about Gaudi; TV program about Gaudi by director Ken Russell; new interview with architect Arata Isozaki

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