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MENDELSOHN'S INCESSANT VISIONS

Documentary   |   Israel, Germany   |   2011   |   71 min

Hebrew, German   |   Subtitles: French, English, German

synopsis

This award-winning creative homage illuminates the life of German-Jewish Expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn. The visionary Mendelsohn, a contemporary of Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, produced works that have influenced generations of architects. His story unfolds through his correspondence with Louise, a beautiful young cellist, who became his wife.

Director Duki Dror gently breathes life into the correspondence between the two passionate artists who helped each other weather a turbulent time in history. Mendelsohn's career followed the jagged trajectory of many German-Jewish emigres fleeing Nazism; he worked in England, Israel and, finally, the US. Mendelsohn's drawings pulsate with energy and his buildings are stunning. His earlier work, 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.

credits

Director: Duki Dror

Script: Galia Engelmayer Dror

Cinematography: Philippe Bellaiche

Editor: Chen Shelach

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"A fascinating and thrilling cinematic interpretation of the life story of Erich and Louise ..."
-Haaretz

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