Producer’s Film Picks for October 2017

The theme for this month – Feeling and Form

Theatrical Release
Columbus (2017)
Written and directed by Kogonada. Cinematography by Elisha Christian (Save the Date, In Your Eyes.) Starring Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, Michelle Forbes, Parker Posey and Rory Culkin.
“The title refers to Columbus, Indiana, where the movie is set and which—as the story quickly reveals—is known for its concentration of buildings by leading modern architects, as a result of a flurry of construction in the nineteen-fifties and sixties. The protagonist, Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), is a recent high-school graduate who’s stuck in place.” Richard Brody, New Yorker
“Casey shares her love of architecture with Jin (Cho), who admits he doesn’t know much about it, despite his father’s prominence. What Jin does want to know isn’t the “tour guide talk,” but how Casey feels about the architecture. Once she starts sharing, neither of them can stop, even though their time together includes a fair amount of companionable silence (and reflecting on their surroundings).” Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
“In a way, the film is an argument for slowing down, for taking a moment to solve a problem or appreciate what is in front of you. In today’s world, that’s kind of radical advice, but it’s advice worth taking. Kogonada put his deep film knowledge to good use in this stunning debut, delivering a movie with a perspective and message that stands out from the crowd. It’s rare for a film to have this much to say and to say it in such a gentle manner. Get lost in Columbus. You won’t regret it.” Emily Wheeler, Film Inquiry
Archival films
The Fountainhead (1949)
Written by Ayn Rand and directed by King Vidor (The Crowd, The Big Parade.) Cinematography by Robert Burks (Rear Window, Vertigo.) Starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas, Ray Collins.
“The nutty film is flawed, but has its moments of real zingers that include a dynamite blast and a suicide. The up-and-coming arrogant unorthodox genius architect, Howard Roark (Cooper), designs buildings for his own aesthetic reasons and not to please his clients. He hires his friend from college, the hack architect, Peter Keating (Smith), to carry out his new project if he agrees to do it without changing his plans and thereby Roark will let him receive the praise and cash. The Cortlandt Homes project is Roark’s most ambitious one to date – a low-cost public housing complex design. But when his plans are radically altered by the clients and Peter is too weak to stop them, Roark refuses to accept this and proceeds to dynamite the building.” Dennis Schwartz
My Architect (2004)
Written and directed by Nathaniel Kahn (Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story.) Edited by Sabine Krayenbuhl (Kiss the Water.)
“Similar curious doings peppered [Louis] Kahn’s peculiar life, and so the younger Kahn, who readily admits to having barely known the man (he was born illegitimate, his mother having been one of Kahn senior’s mistresses), began work on My Architect as a means to learn as much as possible about his mysterious father. Unsurprisingly, the film works, not only as a son’s quest to know his father, but also as a remarkable look into the soul of a man who was the once and future king of American architects. Among the buildings created by his father that are visited in the film (and shot with loving precision by cinematographer Robert Richman of Paradise Lost and its sequel) are the Salk Institute in La Jolla and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. As Nathaniel Kahn visits these and the other stationary objects of his father’s life, he begins to come to grips with who his father was and why he is so beloved by his peers.” Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
Columbus ran through Thursday at The Grand Cinema at 4:30 and 8:45 p.m. daily. After Oct. 5, Columbus can be seen at Olympia Film Society Oct. 6-12, screen times here:
The Fountainhead will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 6 in the Center for Spiritual Living (206 N. J St).
My Architect will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 13 in the CSL.

The TFC Discussion Night for these three films is Wednesday, October 18 in the CSL.


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