Stations of the Elevated and Antonio Gaudi
With director Manfred Kirchheimer in person
Stations of the Elevated. Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer. 1981, 45 mins. Restored DCP courtesy of The Film Desk. This vital, recently rediscovered New York document is a poetic study of the visual language of subway graffiti. Kirchheimer’s camera captures these colorful steel behemoths as if they were paintings in motion. Backed by a pulsating Charles Mingus score, this is the gritty city symphony film that early 1980s New York City deserved.
Antonio Gaudi. Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara. 1984, 72 mins, 35mm. The great Japanese director Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) was inspired by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí’s serpentine building designs when he visited Barcelona to make what is perhaps the greatest film about architecture, a work of cinematic poetry in which the organic textures of the buildings are inseparable from the movements of the camera.
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