Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack are two of the best-known names in their respective fields of architecture and filmmaking. In his first documentary, Academy Award-winning director Pollack turns his camera onto his long-time friend Gehry, one of the world's most celebrated architects and creator of some of the greatest buildings of the modern era, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Pollack uncovers Gehry's creative process, from his early abstract sketches and three dimensional models to the awe-inspiring finished structures. Shot in an informal, highly accessible style and featuring contributions from Gehry's contemporaries, clients and admirers, including Philip Johnson, Dennis Hopper and Julian Schnabel among others, the film is a fascinating portrait of the whose masterpieces have transformed a conventional science into an extraordinary art form.
Could you have been better
- Sketches of Frank Gehry review by CM
This had the potential to be a really interesting film. It explores some of Frank Gehry's work and discusses some of his life history. The problem from my perspective was that it felt all a bit superficial, more like an infomercial than an objective documentary film. We get to see a little bit how Gehry works when designing buildings, but really not that much. Similarly, we learn a little bit about Gehry's life, including the fact that he used to be lacking in confidence, but again not that much.
Probably the highlight of the film for me was the footage of some of Gehry's buildings, including of course the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The discussions with Gehry's therapist also provided some interesting insights. Fundametally, however, I came away from the film feeling that I hadn't got to know the man or his work as much as I would have liked.
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