Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi

DVD - 2008 | Japanese
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"Everything comes from the great book of Nature; human attainments are an already printed book."--Gaudi, end title screen. The Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor united Neo-Gothic mysticism and grandeur with Art Nouveau lines, combined with a surreal apprehension of the power of nature. Less of a documentary than a tribute, Teshigahara's film becomes a place to get lost, a radically hypnotic travelogue that's completely symbiotic with its subject. Almost wordless, this visual rhapsody is accompanied by music from composer Toru Takemitsu, whose free-floating East-meets-West impressionism and organic flow mimics the sprouting curvilinear shapes of Gaudi's buildings.


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Feb 14, 2018

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara (勅使河原 宏), this 1984 Japanese documentary explores the works of Antonio Gaudi (1852 – 1926), Spain's greatest architect who blended a neo-Gothic mysticism and grandeur with an Art Nouveau line and a surreal apprehension of the power of nature.
Gaudí's works have a highly individualized and distinctive style, most of which are located in Barcelona, including his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família.
He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry.
Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms.
His masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família, is the most-visited monument in Spain.

Apr 10, 2012

A good film - watch it without the sound is better. A brief foray
into blood and guts of animals I have no idea why- but other than that brief moment very visually interesting.
Sometimes lingers a bit long on one work, but not unbearable.

Mar 02, 2012

This is a great film. I really enjoyed it. I was surprised to find it at the library.

Sep 02, 2010

If you haven't been to Barcelona yet, start with the material on DVD2 to get an overview. The feature film has hardly any spoken words and no background on Gaudi's work.


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Aug 19, 2011

This video homage to one of the early 20th century's greatest architects is told virtually without commentary. It relies entirely on graciously choreographed images and camera movement. A contemporary and unobtrusive music complements the visual images.


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