DVDs — Documentaries

Directed by his longtime friend and supporter, Academy Award-winner Sydney Pollack, the fascinating Sketches Of Frank Gehry ( Video NA737.G44 .S54 2006x DVD ) looks inside the mind of the most acclaimed and controversial architect of the twenty-first century. Rebelling against the status quo, Gehry’s struggle to create the impossible has resulted in such contemporary masterpieces as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the stunning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Beginning with rough sketches, then moving to models made of cardboard and tape, Gehry’s genius transforms steel, titanium, and glass into the most heart-stopping structures the world has ever seen. You can see the preview here.

Paul Klee: The Silence of the AngelVideo Klee .K55 P385 2006 DVD ) is a visual journey into the work of a major painter of the 20th century by Michael Gaumnitz, an award-winning documentarian of artists and sculptors. Like Kandinsky and Delaunay, Klee revolutionized the traditional concepts of composition and color. By listening to the heartbeat of nature, exploring the science of his time, and studying music and poetry, Klee created his own artistic language, which questioned the nature of form, line, and color. He moved beyond figural abstraction to capture the very essence of movement in his painting. Using the writings of Paul Klee, as well as the events of his life and career, Gaumnitz presents the pictorial universe of a visionary artist.

The Impassioned Eye ( Video TR140.C295 H46 2006 DVD )is a biography of the man considered the greatest photographer of the last century. Cartier-Bresson’s life reads like a history of the century – World War II, China, Egypt, Mexico, India, Sartre, Matisse, Ghandi (minutes before he was killed), and Cuba all became subjects of his famous “decisive moment” style. Interviews with Cartier-Bresson, Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller and other luminaries are woven into this indelible portrait of an icon of both photography and the world. You can watch the trailer here.

Cage/Cunningham ( Video GV1785.C85 C232 2006 DVD ) documents the fifty year collaboration between two revolutionary American artists, composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Tracing the history of their renowned and enduring collaboration, the film explores the artistic and philosophical associations that Cage and Cunningham have had with a wide range of leading figures in the art, literary, dance and music worlds.

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