Blu-ray, DVD Release: Antonio Gaudí

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 18, 2020
Price: DVD $23.31, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. In 1984’s 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

-High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-Interview from 2008 with architect Arata Isozaki
Gaudí, Catalunya, 1959, footage from director Hiroshi Teshigahara’s first trip to Spain
God’s Architect: Antoni Gaudí, an hour-long documentary from 2003 on the architect’s life and work
-BBC program from 1961 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
-An essay by art historian Dore Ashton
-A 1986 reminiscence by Hiroshi Teshigahara
-Excerpts from a 1959 conversation among the Teshigaharas and others about their trip to the West

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.