My Architect details
|Starring:||Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Mar 2005|
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BrilliantBy Laura Sherliker from Liverpool , 21 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This documentry is a journey; exploring one mans prolific career and the iconic architecture he created. However, at heart it is a moving story, about a boy who never really knew his father.
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Not only for architectsBy a customer from London , 28 Oct 2009Not only for architects - but if you have no interest in architecture or people with a passion for it and a life dedication to it then do not rent it. If you ever wondered how Kahn lived and by what he was driven then this is for you. Well put together, captivating story.
Perfectly formedBy edragobkrid (8 reviews) from Bestwood , 03 Oct 2009Nathaniel Kahn's documentary investigation into the life, relationships and inspired designs of his father, architect Louis I. Kahn - is one of the most fascinating, moving and thoughtful works I've seen in the documentary form.
There aren't many documentaries on architects (Sidney Pollack's half-hearted 'Sketches of Frank Gehry' is the only other example I can think of), but Louis Kahn's buildings - some graceful, some starkly utilatarian, some conceived on a grandoise scale - are captured in cinematic images as striking as, say, any of the natural landscapes captured by Werner Herzog.
But it is the human element Nathaniel Kahn brings to the film, his determination to know his father through his colleagues, his designs and his architectural legacy, that ultimately makes 'My Architect' so poignant. Even if you have no interest in how buildings are designed, this film will reach you on an emotional level.
What a film wants to be!By a customer from Bristol , 19 Apr 2008This is a film by the illigitimate son of a famous architect. It is a unique film on architecture because it is about human relationships and about architecture. Daniel Kahn sets out to learn about his father and his architecture. The film unravels through interviews (as well as visits to all his important buildings) with Kahn's two mistresses (one of whom was of course Daniel Kahn's mother,) his colleagues, clients, the users of Kahn's buildings, the taxi drivers who drove him to and from the airport, the man who found his father 's body in Pennsylvania railway station, builders who constructed Kahn's buildings, a lecture to his architectural students and casual passers by. In a word the whole spectrum of people who came into contact with Louis Kahn. There is sadness, disappointment, anger, love, humour and irony (one 'chapter is titled 'Meet the b******d') and joy (Daniel Kahn nonchalently skate boards the length of the courtyard of the Salk laboratories like a character out of a Jaques Tati film.) The film culminates with the Bangladesh Parliament buildings where both Daniel and his father found 'their respective places' Do see it.
Thoughtful and movingBy Toots (3 reviews) from Oswestry , 27 Feb 2008I could happily watch this again - and probably will. This was my introduction to Kahn's architecture, and a visual treat. A well made, thoughtful and thought provoking documentary, well paced (slow, but it needed to be) and moving. The sins of the father are uncovered, but also his essential goodness, which is made particularly clear at the end. I loved it.
Not quiteBy a customer from Bristol , 27 Dec 2007Having read the book first, I was slightly less thrilled with the movie