Antonio Gaudi

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Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Antonio Gaudi at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Phil Mechanic Studios, (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com
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Genre: Documentary
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes)
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Rated: NR

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s documentary Antonio Gaudi (1985) on Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi isn’t your typical documentary. But that’s OK, because if there’s anything Gaudi wasn’t it was your typical architect. Gaudi (1852-1926) created architecture that managed to combine something of art nouveau with natural shapes and forms to create buildings that are still quite unlike anything else. The buildings shown—all of which are in Barcelona—are magnificently otherworldly. They’re architectural landscapes of the mind—the unique mind of Gaudi. They’re beautiful, fanciful and sometimes a little terrifying. But what they don’t really do is lend themselves to description—and that’s the approach the film takes. It simply presents the buildings to us without discussion or pontification. It is, I think, the best possible way.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

3 thoughts on “Antonio Gaudi

  1. TonyRo

    such a beautiful film….surprised it’s screening around here….don’t miss it!

  2. Bobobobob

    Been to Barcelona and have seen gaudis art,what a beautiful
    Gift to the world

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