Creator of one of the most bizarre and organic styles in the history of architecture, Antonio Gaudi Cornet, Spain's national treasure, was blessed with not only the vision, but the patronage that allowed him to build his elaborate and surreal designs. With Antonio Gaudi
, Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes
) gives a tour of the makings of Gaudi's world. Almost entirely without narration, Teshigahara guides us instead with an eerie score by Toru Takemitsu and a few subtitles. The film is more a poem than a documentary, but don't expect an approach similar to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi
. Instead we are given a quiet soundtrack that mixes Takemitsu's sparse score with the natural sounds surrounding Gaudi's structures, and a stationary camera presents the buildings as if they have sprouted: supports seem to magically erupt from the ground like roots, and our eyes are led through the textures and patterns of Gaudi's elaborate mosaic stone and brick designs. Visually revealing and comprehensive, Teshigahara leaves us with only one thing to do--to view Gaudi's amazing world with our own eyes. --Ted Sonnenschein
A spellbinding visual journey through the enchanted world of the great Spanish architect whose work influenced Picasso, Miro and Dali. A mind-blowing sensory experience like "Koyaanisqatsi," this film follows every curve of Gaudi's colorful, organic--and sometimes even erotic--architecture. Like "The Mystery of Picasso," Academy Award-nominated director Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) captures the grand scope of the artist's creative genius. The haunting score by Toru Takemitsu helps bring the fantastical visions of this architectural celebrity to life.