Sketches Of Frank Gehry

Sketches Of Frank Gehry

DVD (Wide Screen)


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 series of discussions between Ghery and Pollack, Sketches of Frank Gehry uses the subject of architecture as a launching point to discuss the creative process, and paints a fascinating portrait of how one humble man was able to create some of the world's most awe-inspiring structures.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
UPC: 0043396155190
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Q&A with director Sydney Pollack; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Gehry Participant
Chuck Arnoldi Participant
Sydney Pollack Participant
Edward Ruscha Actor
Mildred Friedman Actor
Michael Ovitz Participant
Philip Johnson Participant
Craig Webb Participant
Dennis Hopper Participant
Charles Jencks Participant
Milton Wexler Participant
Jim Glymph Actor
Sven Neumann Actor
Edwin Chan Actor
Michael Friedman Participant
Tim Paulson Actor
Bob Geldof Participant
Rolf Fehlbaum Actor
Michael Wexler Actor
Michael Eisner Participant
Norman Rosenthal Actor
Julian Schnabel Participant
Juan Ignacio Vidarte Actor
Nerea Abasolo Actor
Hal Foster Actor
Herbert Muschamp Actor
Barry Diller Participant
Peter Lewis Actor
Esa-Pekka Salonen Participant

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Cinematographer,Executive Producer
Marcus Birsel Cinematographer
Stanley F. Buchthal Executive Producer
Ultan Guilfoyle Cinematographer,Producer
Maja Hoffmann Executive Producer
Susan Lacy Executive Producer
Jon Oh Sound/Sound Designer
Claudio Rocha Cinematographer
Karen Schmeer Editor
Sorman & Nystrom Score Composer
Sormon & Nystrom Score Composer
Brainerd Taylor Associate Producer
George Tiffin Cinematographer
Suzanne Weil Associate Producer,Executive Producer
Hiro Yamagata Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sketches of Frank Gehry
1. What's All the Fuss About? [3:04]
2. Taking Shape [4:08]
3. Building the Future [2:06]
4. Designing His House [3:15]
5. Being Happy [1:58]
6. Art in the Making [3:20]
7. Give and Take [2:02]
8. New Age Architecture [2:52]
9. Vitra of Germany [3:18]
10. Changing Roles [4:13]
11. Talking Talent [1:31]
12. Second Love [4:55]
13. Beauty in Balbao [2:43]
14. Part of Downtown [3:28]
15. Architecture Acclaim [4:25]
16. Breaking the Rules [1:50]
17. Going Back [2:45]
18. Materials of Style [3:42]
19. The Team [2:15]
20. Too Easy [2:21]
21. The White Building [4:14]
22. Reaching Out [3:33]
23. Appreciating Art [3:47]
24. Finishing Designs [2:16]
25. A Living Thing [1:52]
26. Setting Priorities [2:54]
27. One of My Children [2:47]
28. Priceless Art [1:54]

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Sketches Of Frank Gehry 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
p51AK 10 months ago
Frank Gehry is probably one of the few architects that is known outside his field. This maybe due to the controversy that many of his creations cause. I find his work sometimes brilliant and at other times far too self-indulgent. Unlike other architects that follow stringent corporate rules, Gehry’s work is very personal. In an industry that frequently celebrates conformity Gehry’s work is almost Avant-guard. Many would consider Gehry’s creations more like sculptures than buildings. They may look strange to some, but they are functional buildings that serve their intended purpose. These concepts are discussed in great detail in this documentary entitled, “The Sketches of Frank Gehry”. Director Sydney Pollack explores the creative process that all artists go through, and finds similarities in his own work to Gehry’s. Pollack reveals through his documentary that a filmmaker and an architect have some of the same inspirations and insecurities. Since both Pollack and Gehry are friends their conservations are unforced and informative. They also share past experiences and come to similar conclusions in their search for artistic truth. The film also goes on a tour of some of Gehry’s best and some lesser known creations. Like film-making architecture seems to be a collaborative effort. There appears to be a lot of trial and error when trying to find the right design. Apparently, inspiration and perseverance work in tandem. Like most good critiques of an artist, not all of Gehry’s work is put in a positive light. Gehry’s does have his detractors. Even though, I think most of his work is successful I am not enamored with his buildings that look like they are collapsing. They seem to be chaotic, and appear jarring compared to the rest of their surroundings. Like most artists, Gehry takes criticism with a grain of salt. It is just another part of the creative process, which this film does a good job of exploring.
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