An extraordinary documentary on the great architect. Gaudi's fluid style is announced with two marvellous establishing shots of Barcelona fountains and alleys where the joy and carefree spirits of summer life are juxtaposed to the tormented souls depicted in medieval paintings of saints' suffering. Filming a hotel's interiors as if in line with Gaudi's paleontological references this is an other-worldly landscape.
An hour of pure meandering around parapets and arabesques is not even tiring when they are imbued with such an enchanting anthropomorphism. This is didactic cinema at its best - this film taught me a new way to see. It captured Gaudi's spirit of Iberian primitivism, with its scenes of everyday Catalonia -from market crustacea to towering bonfires - that his buildings are the fossils of.
Nearly entirely visual presentation of the amazing architecture of the man whose title the movie takes from. The visuals are simply sublime, and the mix of aural and picturesque images are effective and affecting, often bring up emotions from sheer spectacle, ranging from the darker and lighter sides of that spectrum. Would be interesting to learn more about the actual architect, but the images are enough to satisfy.
A unique documentary. Instead of talking about Antonio's work, Teshigahara just shows us it. There's very little dialogue, just unforgettable images. Yet, it's never boring and you find yourself hypnotised by both Antonio's incredible creations and Teshigahara's masterful directing.
Few are as gifted at making the audience feel like they are in a place as Teshigahara. This is a poetic and breathtaking experience, a ride where only a few words are spoken and an educational journey into Gaudi's work. Where others would focus on the man himself, Teshigahara rightfully makes the buildings the characters.