Monday, October 20, 2008

Gaudi's Architecture in Films

The Passenger is another fascinating film about alienation from Antonioni. The stunning cinematography presents quite a journey from North Africa to London and finally to Barcelona. The female protagonist is an architecture student who accidentally meets the male protagonist (Jack Nickolson) in Barcelona. My favorite scene depicts Gaudi’s Casa Mila where the two meet each other on the rooftop. The following is a Youtube clip in which the original soundtrack was replaced -




Gaudi’s fantastic Sagrada Familia is featured in the film L’auberge Espagnole. The camera reveals the tour of climbing up this exotic church and getting a panoramic view of the city.

For a panoramic view of Gaudi’s works, you can't miss Antonio Gaudi, a documentary by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara. Without voice-overs or commentaries, this unique documentary offers a pure visual presentation of Gaudi's expressive architecture, as if the spaces speak for themselves. The crafted soundtrack adds another layer to the haunting beauty of architecture.

3 comments:

Pete said...

I saw l'auberge! fun stuff.. it evokes a strange nostalgic feeling in me of an event I never had but wish to have had. Maybe that desire (to be an exchange student in 'exoctic' Europe) is so strong that it influences my mental memory, senses, and perceptions. It creates an alternate reality for me. That's why I felt nostalgic watching that movie.

XENIA said...

I like that movie too.

Just watched another one called Gaudi Afternoon which showcases Gaudi's most famous bldgs in Barcelona. But the movie itself is just so-so.

Pete said...

hahaha, the luckiest baby, got to watch so many cool movies, many different sounds, languages.. while still in the tummy...