Japan Release: 1984
Running Time:
72 minutes

Antonio Gaudí


Japanese Title

 アントニー・ガウディー
[Antonio Gaudí]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Teshigahara Productions

A documentary on Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926). The movie largely avoids commentary and narration. Consequently, the documentary instead silently walks, pans, stares, and cranes over Gaudí's work. Casa Batlló, Domenech i Montaner, Puig I Cadafalch and other famous architecture is highlighted. The Casa Milà and Parc Güell projects are also shown, as is more intimate projects like the Teresianas School. The film culminates in a look at the still-unfinished Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. The documentary breaks its lack of narration at the end for an interview with Isidro Puig Boada. At the time, Boada was the assigned director of the Sagrada Família.

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Titles

International Title

Antonio Gaudí

Initial US Title

Antonio Gaudí
US Distributor: Teshigahara Productions (1986) / Time: 82 minutes

Alternate Titles

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Staff

Cast

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
Writing credits Hiroshi Teshigahara
Produced by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Noriko Nomura
Music by Toru Takemitsu, Kurodo Mori, Shinji Hori
Cinematography by Junichi Segawa, Ryu Segawa, Yoshikazu Yanagida
Film Editing by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Eiko Yoshida
Isidro Puig Boada Isidro Puig Boada

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Antonio Gaudí Criterion (2008) Order
Japan Region 2 Antonio Gaudí SME (2000)  

Background and Trivia

  • Hiroshi Teshigahara first started filming Antonio Gaudí's architecture when he was 32, in 1959, using 16mm film. The director eventually abandoned the project, only to start work on it again and complete it 24 years later, this time using 35mm film. The 16mm footage was released as a bonus feature on DVD releases of the title, such as Criterion's.
  • Isidro Puig Boada was dubbed into Japanese by Seiji Miyaguchi. Boada, who passed away three years after the film was released, is a Spanish Catalan architect who collaborated with Antonio Gaudí. After Gaudí's passing, Boada was assigned as the director of construction on the Sagrada Família in 1950.
  • The film's climax focuses on the Sagrada Família, a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. Construction on the church started in 1882 and in the film the church was still very far away from completion, even after over 100 years of work. To this day, construction still continues on the structure and is projected for completion in 2026, 100 years after the death of Antonio Gaudí, as stated in 2015 by the Architectural Digest.