Documentary Film Series -- Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions
A film screening and discussion with Israeli documentary film maker Duki Dror
Tuesday, March 05, 20136:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Reception at 6:30 p.m. Screening will begin at 7 p.m
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design, the Architecture & Design Film Festival, and the UCLA Center for European & Eurasian Studies
This award-winning film illuminates the life of German Jewish Expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn. A contemporary of Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, and mentor to Richard Neutra, Mendelsohn produced works that have influenced generations of architects. His story unfolds through the letter exchange with Louise, a beautiful young cellist, who became his wife. Duki Dror gently breathes life into the correspondence of two passionate artists who helped each other weather a turbulent time in history (WWII). Mendelsohn's career followed the jagged trajectory of many German Jewish emigres fleeing Nazism; he worked in England, Israel, and finally in the USA. Mendelsohn's drawings pulsate with energy and his buildings are stunning. One of his early works, the Einstein Tower, is one of the most important exemplars of modern architecture. Dror deftly juxtaposes the architect’s original designs with contemporary images, weaving in reflections from architects and locals who use these unique buildings today - a testament to the integrity and timelessness of his visionary design.
DUKI DROR was born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago. He is one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers in Israel today. His extensive body of work - personal films, character driven feature-docs, experimental docs and unique biographies on artists, have won him international attention and success.
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Architecture and Urban Design, Architecture and Design Film Festival