Architecture on Film: Antonio Gaudí (PG*)
12 July 2017
One of Japan’s greatest directors, Hiroshi Teshigahara
(Women in the Dunes
, The Face of Another
), creates a symphonic ode to Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi
’s (in Catalan, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet) work, immortalising the modernist on shimmering 35mm. Images of Gaudi’s organic forms meld in sensual mélange with the Barcelona context from which they were born, as the director unites the architecture and its inspiration into an undifferentiated whole.
Folk dances in Barcelona’s streets, Romanesque cloisters, brutal Catholic iconography and Monserrat mountain are montaged with Gaudí’s Park Güell, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and more, before the film closes with extreme reverence upon the under construction Sagrada Familia.
Virtually dialogue free, with an astonishing soundtrack by avant garde composer and frequent collaborator Toru Takemitsu performing commentary instead, Teshigahara’s camera dances a duet of influence and exchange, in a meeting of auteurs.Japan 1984 Dir Hiroshi Teshigahara 72 mins
Curated by The Architecture Foundation