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Movie Review: Sketches of Frank Gehry

Alternate Title: Thinking Outside the Box

Story: It is impossible not to have an opinion of architect Frank Gehry's work if you have seen it.

Go to: http://www.pritzkerprize.com/gehry/gehrypg.htm - look at his work and come back to the review with an opinion.

Wasn't that fun?

Big time Hollywood director Sydney Pollock delivers a loving tribute to a complicated man. Via the typical talking heads routine seen in most documentaries we get a variety of satisfied clients including Dennis Hopper, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz. Other visual artists interviewed are Ed Ruscha and seeing Julian Schnabel in his bathrobe was worth the price of admission. The only naysayer in the crowd is Princeton's Hal Foster.

The film paints a portrait of a man who thinks outside the box. We are able to follow his conceptual process and see his team conceive the works. On my recent visit to LA cousin Judy took me to visit the Disney Concert Hall, designed by Gehry. It was a wonderful experience. My next sighting of a Gehry design will hopefully be in Bilboa, Spain to see the genius of his Guggenheim Museum.

Acting: Not applicable in documentaries.

Predilection: I like films about artists and I like Frank Gehry.

Visual Art: A glorious visual treat of exciting buildings and concepts.

Theater Audience: Just my architectural loving movie buddy and me.

Drift Factor: Not for a moment.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Who knows? Everyone's a critic!

Nit Picking: We longed to know more about Gehry's upbringing which was alluded to but never delved into.

Big Screen or Rental: If you have a hankering to see some large exciting architecture than the big screen is for you. Another fine film about an architect is: My Architect, about Louis Kahn.

Length: 100 minutes