My Architect

My Architect

A Son's Journey

DVD - 2005
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Nathaniel Kahn documents the life and works of his father, Louis Kahn.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : New Yorker Video, [2005]
ISBN: 9781567303728
Branch Call Number: DVD 720.973 KAHN KAHN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Title from container
Special features: Question and answer with Nathaniel Kahn including deleted footage; original theatrical trailer


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carlcav Jan 26, 2014

One of many saving graces of documentary film is that it allows you to tell stories that, if they were works of fiction, would probably be laughed off as preposterous. This is one such story. Louis Kahn was an American architect. In fact he was one of the towering figures of American modernism, yet his completed projects could be counted on a couple of hands. He was a humble man, yet he was lionized by some of the great names of modern architecture: IM Pei, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson. He was short and disfigured, yet he seemed irresistible to women. In fact at the heart of this film is the paradox of how this odd, distracted little man who lived for his work could have not one, not two, but three children concurrently with three different women.Nathaniel Kahn is the son of Louis Kahn. He is our narrator. He visits all of his father's most famous sites, interviews former colleagues, tries to understand his father's design style which for most people amounts to concrete brutalism. But mostly our attention is drawn to the long conversations with his two half-sisters, and the two mothers still surviving the famous architect. Why did they knowingly share Louis Kahn, who was neither rich nor emotionally available? How did they live with themselves? And why are they still so devoted to Louis Kahn's memory? How can the children negotiate the pain and confusion they carry? Kahn died alone in the restroom of a New York railway station. His memory lives on in this remarkable documentary.

Nov 28, 2010

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Aug 10, 2010

Very good film for someone interested in architecture. I think the director was a bit more subjective as a director but maybe it is normal if you are making a film about your father. I explored Louise Kahn after this film. Love his work and admire him.


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Nov 28, 2010

Documentary, Biography on Louis Kahn, his life, buildings, and family. Told from the curious perspective of his illegitimate son, trying to understand the father. Good story development, music, photography.

Movie rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars, recommended!


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