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Director: Sydney Pollack
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006








Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 23 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar




Frank Gehry loves to sketch; it is the beginning of his architectural process. And it is his love of the sketch that gave Sydney Pollack his first clues to the style of this documentary film. Beginning with Gehry’s own original sketches for each major project, the film explores Gehry’s process of turning these abstract drawings, first into tangible, three-dimensional models, often made simply of cardboard and scotch tape, then into finished buildings of titanium and glass, concrete and steel, wood and stone.


Sydney Pollack just can't stop expanding his portfolio. He's already an award-winning director of hits such as "The Firm" and "Out Of Africa", an established producer ("Cold Mountain") and also an accomplished actor ("Eyes Wide Shut").

And now he has made his very first documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry".

To the uninitiated, Frank O. Gehry is neither a superstar nor a politician. He's an acclaimed architect who has designed some of the world’s renowned buildings. And yes, his design were among the few finalists selected for our Sentosa IR bidding. Remember that white mass of tissue-like building? Yup that’s from Gehry. However, Sydney is not here to dissect his friends’ works in detail. He is more into the creative process behind and the man himself.

What makes Frank Gehry's designs so fascinating is his child-like doodles and his creatively usage of art materials to create a ‘prototype’ of his building on every project. He's simply not just an architect but an artist as well.

Sydney and his crew spent a period of at least 5 years carefully capturing each of the processes on digital video. To bring out the qualities of the designer, Sydney recorded many conversations with Gehry’s friends, colleagues including Disney ex-CEO Michael Eisner and Dennis Hopper.

At the end, this is a decent tribute to an extraordinary architect. A behind-the-scenes look at how an abstract drawing turns into the Guggenheim museum in New York for example. No heavy political propaganda to bore you and no gossipy news bits to entice you.

Oh and did I mention it’s cool to have a filmmaker as a friend around.


NIL because I guess there's no point including a making of feature on how to record conversations.


The audio and visual quality for "Sketches" is decent enough for a movie let alone a documentary.



Review by Linus Tee


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