Saturday, February 13, 2010
First Chicago Showing of Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture, March 14
Following an L.A. screening earlier this month, the long-awaited documentary Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture, will have it's Chicago debut at the noon Sunday, March 14th, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
The enticing excerpts from the 94 minute work from first-time director Mark Richard Smith screened in the fall of 2008, for both AIA Chicago and for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, used placeholder music from composers as diverse as Philip Glass (in the trailer above), Ralph Vaughan Williams and Richard Wagner. As you can tell from the trailer, most of the borrowed scoring was deft and haunting, although the use of Siegfried's Funeral Music for the images of the Auditorium captured less the joy of Sullivan's triumph than a sense of impending doom.
Now there's a new score by composer Michael McLean, whose work The Elements was recorded for Delos in 2006 by violinist Brian Lewis, with Hugh Wolff conducting the London Symphony, available on iTunes. On Facebook you can see this excerpt of the film, stripped of the narration, showing off McLean's music. Momentarily giving fright by starting off in that familiar, reductive Ken Burns kind of mode, it soon evolves into a much richer aural landscape.
The documentary has its own website here, and Facebook page here. Only 200 seats are available for the March 14th showing at the Siskel, so tickets will probably go quickly. They can purchased via PayPal here. Suggested donation is $15.00.
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