Saturday, July 15, 2006

My Architect: A son's journey

Louis Kahn, one of the 20th Century's most influential architects, died in 1974. Alone. In a railway station restroom. He remained unidentified for three days. He left behind a wife, two mistresses and three children. Twenty years later, his son, Nathaniel Kahn, haunted by the obscurity surrounding his father('s death), embarks on a personal journey to discover as much as he can about the man he knew to be his father despite the shadowiness of his knowledge about him. My Architect (2003), is the documentary film about Nathaniel's search for answers. It is a remarkable film. More than a biographical piece, it explores, albeit implicitly, the relationship between the design and the designer. The film is an immensely compelling and moving journey into human complexity, art and identity. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Photograph/Nathaniel and Louis Kahn


Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

I'll definitely try to find this film. It sounds amazing. Some friends here just saw "The Sketches of Frank Gehry", another documentary about an architect that is currently making the rounds of our local cinemas. I haven't seen that either, but it is highly recommended. Thanks for the tip!

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