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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
VISUAL ACOUSTICS: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Audience Award Best Documentary Palm Springs Intl Film Fest
Audience Award Austin Film Fest
Grand Jury Prize Lone Star Intl Film Fest
"More than just a photographer, Shulman was a proselytizer for the Modernism the structures represented. These architects believed their work could change the world, and they loved Shulman because he defined the way we look at Modernism, because his impeccable work created a mythology around these houses that hasn't gone away" -Los Angeles Times
"If Visual Acoustics doesn't make you envy his life and his legacy, you haven't been paying attention" -Village Voice
½ "[A] hugely engaging documentary tribute to a hugely engaging man" -Chicago Tribune
"Fascinating" -TimeOut Chicago
"Warm, well-researched" -Chicago Sun-Times
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of modern architects since the 1930's, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Pierre Koenig. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of a talented artist who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. Featuring: Julius Shulman, Frank Gehry, Tom Ford.
Photographer of architecture, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Shulman developed close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman's images played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and "Southern California lifestyle" to the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing away in July of 2009.
Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Mon.-Thurs.. Nov. 23-26 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 28-29 at 1 pm