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My Architect: A Son's Journey
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by Elaine Perrone

"Fascinating portrait of an enigma."
4 stars

SCREENED AT SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003: Louis I. Kahn, considered to be one of the premier architects of the late 20th century, died mysteriously, alone and penniless, in 1974, in a men's room in New York's Penn Station. In this fascinating journey into the life and death of a brilliant but eccentric man, first time documentarian Nathaniel Kahn (Louis's son) lays bare the astonishing secret his father kept for almost a half-century:

Married for almost 50 years to the same woman, and father to their daughter, Kahn lived a triple life, simultanously carrying on long-term relationships with two other women, each of whom bore him a child, one of whom was Nathaniel. It wasn't until their father's death that the three half-siblings even came to know of each others' existence.

Decades later, Nathaniel embarked on an odyssey of discovery into the life of the parent he barely knew and those of the sisters and their mothers he knew not at all. Through interviews with Louis's peers (I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Vincent Scully) and friends around the world from Bryn Mawr to Bangladesh, and conversations with his own mother, his half-sisters and their mothers, Nathaniel provides the viewer with an absorbing picture of a man who lived life on his terms, a narcissist who made plenty of room for his art but little for his families (who, incidently, lived the entire time within miles of each other in Pennsylvania).

Ironically, while it was Louis's death that brought his families together, he himself lay in a morgue for three days before his body was claimed.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival series, click here.
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Seattle Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Seattle Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

5/21/08 PAUL SHORTT NOT ONLY REPEATS THE NOW FAMILIAR APPROACH, BUT DOES SO IN A CLEAR, UNINSPIRING MANNER 1 stars
10/11/04 rachael amazing...you can't make this stuff up 5 stars
9/21/04 Ian Patrick AIAS The Most Inspiring Movie I've Ever Seen 5 stars
9/16/04 Jalal El-ali bad narrative of a personal life of an architect 1 stars
7/23/04 buddy garrett despite myself I found myself engrossed in this character 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  12-Nov-2003

UK
  N/A

Australia
  14-Oct-2004


Directed by
  Nathaniel Kahn

Written by
  (documentary)

Cast
  Louis I. Kahn
  Edmund Bacon
  Frank Gehry
  Philip Johnson
  Esther Kahn
  Nathaniel Kahn



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