- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 18, 2008
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - Japanese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Arata Isozaki
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- "Gaudi, Catalunya 1959"
- "Monitor: Antonio Gaudi" (1961)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/27/1998
"...An architectural symphony....The film is a visual rhapsody enhanced with music and sound effects created by the renowned Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu and two collaborators..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2008
"Teshigahara's mobile, exploratory camera is a perfect match for the fin-de-siècle Catalan architect's artfully deranged yet totally organic buildings."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2008
"[I]t fuses images of Gaudi's unique creations with long-term Teshigahara collaborator Takemitsu Toru's equally striking score to create something completely mesmerizing."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Catalan architect Antonio 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. Here their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudí takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí's truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject's organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.
Director Teshigahara creates a kind of visual documentary--there is little narration--about Antonio Gaudi, the brilliant and bizarre Catalan architect. The camera simply explores the Casa Vicens, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Templo de La Sagrada Familia, then suggests some of his influences by filming bits of the Moniserrat caves as well as Roman churches.