Friday, November 7, 2008

Another Good Movie

Last night caught the last showing of Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1984 Antoni Gaudi documentary at the Film Forum. I loved it. It's nothing but a silent imagescape of Gaudi's architecture, but it's riveting. Slim thinks some of the later buildings look like 60s drip candles, but I loved them: they reminded me of northern California forests, with their redwoods and Spanish moss and lichens. It is amazing to think that 1)19th Century patrons gave Gaudi such autonymy and so many resources and 2)there were so many skilled artisans just hanging around that he was able to put up such a staggering number of finely wraught buildings, each of which looks like a lifetime's work. Inspired me for the first time with a powerful desire to go to Barcelona, whereas before I just felt I should. I also found the Sagrada Temple a compelling argument for Catholicism. Well, for a few moments.


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