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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Antonio Gaudí

1985, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 72 min.


Show Times

  • Sun, Dec 22nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 27th 4:15pm

“If any film could be described as an architectural symphony, it is ANTONIO GAUDÍ...Much of the imagery is nothing less than astounding in its beauty and boldness.”--Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Essentially lets Gaudí's work speak for itself, and it couldn't be more eloquent.”--Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

Our holiday tradition, we bring back the ever-popular cult film by Hiroshi Teshigahara (WOMAN OF THE DUNES), inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí.  Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape, and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the basilica of La Sagrada Família.  The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration.  This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camerawork alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra.  35mm.  (BS)

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