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Antonio Gaudi (Japan, 1984)

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Antonio Gaudi was a Spanish architect who designed some really funky modern-looking pieces during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His buildings, churches and parks incorporate spider-like columns and rows of arches that twist and turn into labyrinthine shapes. He also built things that look like caves. The dreamlike imagery of his work makes for a fascinating character study. Unfortunately, this plodding doc chooses instead to point the camera at a bunch of Gaudi’s pieces in Barcelona and attach annoying music (some playful and out of place, some haunting and grating) to the views. Director Hiroshi Teshigahara doesn’t do anything your dad can’t do with a camcorder; he just had a bigger travel budget. The structures are awesome. The movie is boring. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28. HH 1/2

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