Sketches of Frank Gehry
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Acclaimed film director Sydney Pollack took a five-year break from the realms of fiction to assemble a lovingly crafted tribute to longtime friend and acclaimed architect Frank Gehry in this documentary born from the sketches of its talented subject. A notoriously shy craftsman whose impressive body of work includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Ghery is shown working in his studio unobstructed as Pollack attempts to capture the very essence of the artist's bold works through use of film and digital video. Driven by an intimate but informal… More
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"Pollack's documentary is a friendly affair that presents some stunning footage of several Gehry projects."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"As fascinating and faceted as its subject."
‑ Catherine Fox, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"(...) Un documental que debería ver todo aquel que alguna vez haya sentido la necesidad o las ganas de crear algo, ya sea una pieza de cerámica, un edificio o una película."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The questioning is skin-deep and Pollack's handheld DV approach doesn't show the buildings at their best."
‑ , Total Film
"Ultimately the picture is as revealing about the director as it is about the subject. But it won't appeal to those who like their documentaries to come armed with teeth."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"A refreshingly small-scale film, almost a home movie made by the director of such films as Tootsie, Out of Africa and The Way We Were."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"What the filmmaker omits are precisely the laymen the movie set out to explain Gehry to."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The result is a persuasive movie which proves beyond doubt that at least some geniuses are intensely practical as well as intuitive."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"What's missing is a critical edge."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"A fond and always accessible portrait, but the lack of objectivity and drooling images of Gehry's work deprives this documentary of any objectivity."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Not just instructive, but reassuring for anyone who does creative work, and who worries, as everyone does, about being equal to the task."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"What benefits the picture early on, giving it a casual air, becomes cloying in the later going, making it feel like a smug exercise in mutual admiration."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"While Pollack continually favours celebrity gush over objective analysis, the shots of Gehry's buildings - the Guggenheim in Bilbao being the centrepiece - and his stunning use of light do make a case for him as a genuine visionary."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"an intelligent piece of partisan adoration - although he gives some space to Gehry's detractors, too."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"More a thumbnail than a full portrait."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC
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