Antonio Gaudi

This 1984 documentary about the architect essentially lets Gaudi’s work speak for itself, and it couldn’t be more eloquent. The cinematography by Junichi Segawa, Yoshikazu Yanagida, and Ryu Segawa provides perspectives you couldn’t get on-site in Barcelona, guiding you at a perfect pace through intimate interiors or whisking you to aerial vantage points, alternating between minute details and comprehensive views. The often gently moving camera and the lyrical editing unobtrusively yet decisively shape what you see. The acutely perceptive sound track doesn’t have to compete with continual voice-over–much of the historical information is provided in on-screen titles that barely disrupt the enveloping beauty of the images. Produced and directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes). Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Friday, September 5, 6:00 and 7:30; Saturday, September 6, 4:30; and Sunday, September 7, 2:30; 312-443-3737. –Lisa Alspector

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