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Eames: The Architect And The Painter
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood. Narrated by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This attentive and good-looking doc takes a chronological approach to the work and partnership of Charles Eames and his wife Ray, two of the most influential artist-designers of mid twentieth-century America."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"As fascinating - and at times oblique - as the famous couple themselves."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A riveting story."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It may not offer much depth on their achievements but it still is a perfect introduction to their lives."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This colourful documentary about one of America's most important design teams provides an extraordinary presentation of an impressive portfolio, but when it comes to the Eames' personal life some questions are left unanswered."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of the TV drama Mad Men but tread lightly around Charles's mood swings and extramarital affairs."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Much like the creations of its subjects, "Eames" is itself a dazzling, sensory adventure."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Made for the American Masters series, it comes across as an excellent piece of TV that seems somehow to have escaped its little box. Fascinating throughout, nonetheless."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"This documentary about the famous designers celebrates a unique kind of American creativity that anticipates the digital age."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A disappointingly thin treatment of two pioneers of design."
‑ Limara Salt, Empire Magazine
"A basically adulatory and very lively look at the documentary's subjects."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"There couldn't be a better time to examine the complex and absorbing history of this designing couple, and "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" couldn't be a better vehicle for that examination."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"James Franco narrates in his best museum headset voice."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A must for anyone interested in contemporary design, film and how life and work meld together."
‑ Basia Cummings, Little White Lies
"An enlightening documentary about a multi-talented married couple who have been called the most important American designers in the 20th century."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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