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USA, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Documentaries)

Director: Sydney Pollack


Intimate and engaging, Sydney Pollack's first documentary outing is an utterly personal profile of one of the world's leading architects.
Best known for the breathtaking Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, world-renowned architect Frank Gehry is a living rejection of the adage that form should follow function. Practising a style that falls more within the realm of sculpture than architecture, Gehry composes his buildings of sweeping curves and odd angles, bringing a unique playfulness to his designs.
In Sketches of Frank Gehry, close friend Sydney Pollack provides a deftly drawn picture of Gehry, profiling his life and teasing out the architect's artistic process. Pollack takes an unpretentious layman's approach to architecture, seeking to understand the basic processes underpinning Gehry's designs.
In addition to presenting a profile of Gehry's life and methods, Sketches provides an impressive, lovingly photographed showcase of the architect's most striking works, including the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

D Sydney Pollack P Ultan Guilfoyle Dist Hopscotch
TD 35mm/2005/83mins

Sydney Pollack was born in Lafayette, the USA, in 1934. His many films include Tootsie (1982), Out of Africa (1985) and The Firm (1993).

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