Sketches of Frank Gehry

"Excellent"

Sketches of Frank Gehry Review


Sydney Pollack has made a life out of making enjoyable romantic comedies and political thrillers, but has never gotten around to making a documentary. Apparently, this is why he was asked by longtime pal Frank Gehry to do a film on him and his groundbreaking work in architecture. What's even stranger is how this little experiment becomes the most blatant expression of Pollack's talents as a director and a strikingly sincere portrait of an artist.Frank Gehry toils in anonymity from most of the world: He's an architect. In the world of architecture, he's considered somewhat of a revolutionary, the equivalent of Dylan going electric. His shapes look somewhat sloppy and uncomfortable at first glance, using strange slopes and metal to create bewildering use of light. Eventually, however, his work becomes inviting and warm in a very peculiar sort of way.Pollack openly said that he didn't want to make Sketches a film about how great Gehry is. Successfully, if awkwardly, he explores a few critics, who consider Gehry's work obtrusive and mediocre at best. There's no doubt that there is a certain amount of bias here, but it's acceptable in that Gehry seems to be his own toughest critic. In one of the first scenes, we watch him and design partner Craig Webb take a part of the roof of a building design, corrugate it, and place it on the side, immediately stating that the next morning Webb and he will come in and not feel right about it.Instinctively, Pollack stays away from Gehry's family and sticks to the man, his work, and his iconoclasm. We are given an in-depth study of his Guggenheim Museum design in Bilbao, Spain, which is considered one of the most original works in modern architecture. For the most part though, we are with Gehry and trying to understand the way he thinks. Milton Wexler, his psychologist of many years, is interviewed to allay questions of the way he constantly re-evaluates himself. With this, however, the film still has the ability to keep the mystery of artistry while still dissecting the process.Ultimately, the film works because Gehry is what everyone wishes celebrities and artists to be: down to earth. Gehry has an ego, but it is beneficial to his work. He knows he's good and therefore, he knows he can do better. His friendship with Pollack is key to understanding him as a normal person because most of the interviews are wildly unanimous in his guile and mastery of his field. Pollack, who is often seen on screen, has the ability to just talk Gehry about work as it is to them. Both of them show true passion for what they do but at the end of the day, it's still work, and Pollack finds that tone in his conversations with him; a gentle balance of love and dexterity.Reviewed as part of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.


Sketches of Frank Gehry

Facts and Figures

Run time: 83 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 27th September 2006

Box Office USA: $0.2M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 63 Rotten: 15

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Ultan Guilfoyle

Starring: Frank O. Gehry as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

An unusually realistic teen movie, this drama gets deep under the skin of its characters,...

Bleed for This Movie Review

Bleed for This Movie Review

This is such a ripping true story that it can't help but grab hold of...

Moana Movie Review

Moana Movie Review

In a clear echo of Frozen, this Disney animated adventure centres on a fiercely independent...

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

The 2003 comedy Bad Santa is a holiday classic that skilfully mixes gross-out humour with...

Allied Movie Review

Allied Movie Review

There's a terrific script at the heart of this World War II thriller, with a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

Indignation Movie Review

Indignation Movie Review

Philip Roth's layered novels are a challenge for filmmakers (see also 2003's The Human Stain...

Advertisement
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been...

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Yet another bonkers thriller starring Nicolas Cage, this trashy crime comedy comes from director Paul...

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

"Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" is a DVD...

Arrival Movie Review

Arrival Movie Review

This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with...

Elle Movie Review

Elle Movie Review

There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.