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Monday, June 24, 2013

Blogging the Hulu Plus Criterion Collection: Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi

Another documentary. This one a bit unusual. Antonio Gaudi is largely free of any dialogue or voice overs. There are only a few stray bits here and there. Mostly the camera just moves through Gaudi's buildings that look ultra modern even by today's standards. It's hard to imagine the impact they made when they were built.

Gaudi's work is magical. There's no other word for it. Looking at some of his buildings I saw giant kaiju monsters from Japan and armorer warriors from Middle Earth. But Gaudi pre-dates all of that. Today we have art inspired by fantasy. Gaudi's work is art that inspired fantasy.

There's not much else to say here. This an almost purely visual and cinematic experience. It's much more unusual documentary than And the Pursuit of Happiness.

The director is Hiroshi Teshigahara and the few spoken words not in Spanish are in Japanese. This proves art, especially great art is a universal language that can excite and inspire people from across the globe. I think this is one of the best documentaries around. Directors should see this and learn that there are alternatives to the "talking heads" style.

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