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  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U0F5WS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,917 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 on to 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 man whose masterpieces have transformed a conventional science into an extraordinary art form.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Ironically Sydney Pollack's warm, intelligent portrait of his longtime friend, architect Frank Gehry, is probably the best film he's made in years. Casually recording Gehry at work and while driving, and outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles while it is still under construction, Pollack has made an intimate documentary of an architect who over the years has revolutionized how we see buildings, steadily redefining our relationship between space and light.

From the outset it becomes pretty obvious that Gehry has never let professional limitations get to him and he's notoriously rejected much of the artistic conservatism of the past. Consequently, he's created architectural designs that just don't conform to the normal, predictable rules of geometry.

Obviously whether you like his work is a matter of taste - I find a lot of his work rather cold and ugly - but it is absolutely fascinating to watch his metamorphosis take place, from the design stage, where his ideas originate as doodles on paper and assemblages of cardboard and tape, to their transformation into models and then the finished product.

Of course the final test comes when they are molded into glass and titanium, and we finally get to see the end result of Gehry's vision. At barely ninety minutes, Pollack seems intent to cram a lot into his film: We get interviews with patrons, admirers and friends, including Bob Geldoff, the former Disney executives Michael D. Eisner and Michael S. Ovitz the Guggenheim chief Thomas Krens and Herbert Muschamp, the former architecture critic of The New York Times.

Perhaps most interesting are the graphic shorts of Gehry's most crowning achievements.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 11 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This window into the world of Frank Gehry is surprisingly uninformative. It's really just a love-in between Pollack and Gehry who seem to spend quite a lot of the film in mutual congratulation and affirmation.

The film also contains quite a lot of nonsense in its bid to triumph Gehry as the world's greatest living architect, which obviously he isn't. We get Pollack telling us that Gehry was one of the first architects since God was a boy to show an interest in art and artists. Obviously Leonardo was just playing at the whole art thing.... And the likes of Corb, Mies, Aalto, they didn't have any interest in art, did they? We get some guy from the Disney Music Hall telling us how amazing Frank is, because, when he was designing the concert hall, he put his need to make wacky shapes to the background and considered the acoustics. WOW - who'd have thought an architect designing a music hall would have stopped to think about acoustics, eh?

Annoyingly, Gehry lumps himself in the same class as Alvar Aalto, which I think is highly arrogant and entirely wrong - Aalto never worked in the arbitrary way that Gehry appears to, as shown in this film when he just adapts models by ripping off bits of card or cutting it with scissors. You become aware that the process of design for Gehry is one of form-making alone, there is little thought of inhabitation, its just about making a building that shouts at you - "Hey, I'm big, I'm brash, I'm a Gehry Building". Hardly very Aalto.

Perhaps owing to the brashness and arbitrary nature of his design, a lot of American CEOs, film stars and sculptors come on to tell us that Frank is "the man" and even, bizarrely, Bob Geldof says that whilst 95% of the time if he was introduced to an architect, he'd hit them first, he reckons Gehry's wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dyspeptic Spirit on 7 Jan. 2013
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Well not exactly. Not the most interesting or balanced documentary I have ever seen however it has introduced me to Frank Gehry (and frankly that is worth the price of admission on its own) and his methods which I (for one) found fascinating. Scribble on a bit of paper or scrunch up a piece of paper into a ball et voila c'est un masterpiece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. M. Greene on 4 Jun. 2014
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The interview was extraordinary because of the rapport between Gehry and Pollack. One got the impression that there were no evasions and that Gehry treated each question with respect and as honestly as he cd. A calm and thoughtful experience.
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