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A SON'S JOURNEY
USA: New Yorker
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Nathaniel Kahn, Frank O Gehry, Philip Johnson, I M Pei, Vincent Scully, Rabbi Ivan Caine, Rabbi Oscar Kramer, Jack MacCallister, Linda Wallace, Richard Katz, Anne Tyng, Edmund Bacon, Richard Saul Wurman, Robert Boudreau, Harriet Pattison, Susannah Jones, Charles Jones, Pricilla Pattison, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Preston Geren, Tom Seymour
Director: Nathaniel Kahn
USA & UK: 116 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains infrequent mild language
USA Release Date: 12 November 2003 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 13 August 2004
MY ARCHITECT is a tale of love and art, betrayal and forgiveness in which the illegitimate son of a legendary artist undertakes a five year, worldwide exploration to understand his long-dead father.
Louis I Kahn, who died in 1974, is considered my many architectural historians to have been the most important architect of the second half of the twentieth century. A Jewish immigrant who overcame poverty and the effects of a devastating childhood accident, Kahn created a handful of intensely powerful and spiritual buildings - geometric compositions of brick, concrete and light - which, in the words of one critic, "change your life".
While Kahn's artistic legacy was an uncompromising search for truth and clarity, his personal life was filled with secrets and chaos. He died bankrupt and unidentified, in the men's room in Penn Station, New York, leaving behind three families - one with his wife of many years and two with women with whom he'd had long-term affairs. IN MY ARCHITECT, the child of one of these extra-marital relationships, Kahn's only son Nathaniel, sets out on an epic journey to reconcile the life and work of this mysterious, contradictory man.