Antonio Gaudi [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1984]

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Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Disc Two
  • New video interview with architect Arata Isozaki
  • Gaudí, Catalunya, 1959, footage from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's first trip to Spain
  • Visions of Space: "God's Architect", a one-hour BBC special on Antonio Gaudí's life and work
  • A program on Gaudí by director Ken Russell
  • Sculptures by Sofu - Vita, a short film by Teshigahara on the sculpture of his father, Sofu Teshigahara

Synopsis

Antonio Gaudi
Antonio Gaudi's startling, unique architectural and essentially sculptural creations like his undulating walls are presented with clarity and in context in this interesting documentary by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Gaudi was a Catalan, like his well-known fellow artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, and he was inspired by Catalan art of the Middle Ages, specifically the Romanesque Period. Teshigahara provides a background on the region and politics of Cataluna, and reviews the Romanesque Period in art, 1000-1300 C.E., so that viewers can understand where Gaudi was coming from. Then the artist's creations are analyzed in a succinct, careful manner which reveals more to the eye than just uninformed looking could ever do. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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