Sunday, September 23, 2007
I liked this. Sydney Pollock wisely approaches it by admitting he doesn't know what he's doing making a documentary, and he isn't afraid of allowing his own director's struggle to capture Gehry and Gehry's buildings two-dimensionally to appear in the film. At the same time we watch Gehry fighting to birth his often messy and hulking structures. The film is about art and creativity and celebrity, but at a more basic level it's about play and whimsy. There are many quite lovely passages and interesting conversations. I particularly enjoyed watching Gehry tour for the first time through a bank he designed in Berlin. You can see in the old man's slumped frame and sagging visage the child building model cities out of wood chips on his grandmother's rug.