• My Architect (2003)

My Architect

Release Date: November 12th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Director Nathaniel Kahn barely knew his father, but many throughout the world did. He was renowned architect Louis Kahn, who designed noteworthy buildings in California, Texas and even Bangladesh. Nathaniel explores his father's past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations, which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

Cast: Sue Ann Kahn, Nathaniel Kahn, Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, Frank O. Gehry, Priscilla Pattison, B.V. Doshi, Edwina Pattison Daniels

Director: Nathaniel Kahn

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Louis Kahn Project Inc.

Distributors: New Yorker Films

Keywords: 1980s, Fascinating, Fall, Rise, Mother, Office, 1990s, Daughter, Son, Father, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Movies today rarely touch chords that are spiritual or deeply emotional, but Nathaniel Kahn's remarkable documentary My Architect: A Son's Journey does both. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Tinged with sorrow, compassion, forgiveness and, ultimately, love. More than 25 years after his father's death, Nathaniel visits his father's architectural works and speaks to the people who knew him. show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Not only is it the best documentary in a vintage season for nonfiction films (see "American Splendor," "Capturing the Friedmans," and "Spellbound"), it's also one of the best films of the year. It's as lyrical about the particulars of Kahn as it is about the universals of fathers and sons. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)