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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Antonio Gaudí (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. In Antonio Gaudí, their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara’s film takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject’s organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.

    FILM INFO
    • Hiroshi Teshigahara
    • Japan
    • 1984
    • 72 minutes
    • Color
    • 1.33:1
    • Japanese
    • Spine #425

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • Interview with architect Arata Isozaki from 2008
      • Gaudí, Catalunya, 1959, footage from director Hiroshi Teshigahara’s first trip to Spain
      • Visions of Space: “Antoni Gaudí,” an hour-long documentary from 2003 on the architect’s life and work
      • BBC program on Gaudí by filmmaker Ken Russell
      • Sculptures by Sofu—Vita, a 1963 short film by Teshigahara on the sculpture work of his father, Sofu Teshigahara
      • Trailer
      • PLUS: An essay by art historian Dore Ashton, a 1986 reminiscence by Hiroshi Teshigahara, and excerpts from a 1959 conversation between Hiroshi and Sofu Teshigahara on their trip to the West
      Cover by Sarah Habibi

      February 18, 2020
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

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    DVDBeaver has a positive review of the Blu-ray. One of my favorite Criterion releases and have easily preordered it.
     
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    Really looking forward to this. Visiting Gaudi's houses and parks in Barcelona is one of the most amazing experiences it is possible to have. The exteriors are well known but I was fascinated by all the strange details inside.
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    Have the Blu-ray and a nice improvement compared to my dvd with a sharper image and brighter colors.
     
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    I agree watching it now. Was hoping that with the shorter running time that the bit rate would have exceeded 40mbps, not that that equates better encoding & compression. It does look great.

    i’ve always found it a very relaxing film and have always wanted a CD soundtrack for it.

    the only issue I have ever had with the film, curious if other agree...

    I always found the very short inserts of festival dancing esp the music to be disruptive to the mood. Those quick two instances I wish had a film score over them or just edited out.

    I would have tried to wait for a Barnes sale and hopefully many will discover it on BLU during a 50% off sale but I had to have this one asap.
     
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    I watched this yesterday for the first time and it was an interesting experience. It certainly is a completely different and poetic way of making a documentary film, say, compared to all the formulaic documentaries that Netflix produces (with talking heads and standard structures). I agree with you that the initial establishing mood of Barcelona, complete with the citizens performing their ancient round dance, the sardana, was jarring, without any context or dialogue. I also found the editing somewhat frustrating, with sudden leaps of time, or scenes of experts talking - with only a fragment of dialogue included. However, afterwards, I was intrigued enough to go through all the supplemental material, including reading the excellent booklet - it's been ages since watching a blu-ray has had that effect on me. I particularly enjoyed the Ken Russel and 2003 BBC documentary. Now, I want to travel back to Barcelona and revisit all of Gaudí's buildings!

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