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NYT Review of Visual Acoustics (Uncle Julius)

Postby davidk6 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:10 am

October 9, 2009
A Man With a Camera and an Architectural Eye


Architecture aficionados, and design mavens in general, will have an agreeable time with “Visual Acoustics,” Eric Bricker’s biographical documentary of the photographer Julius Shulman. A champion of Modernist Los Angeles architects, Mr. Shulman, who died at 98 in July, greatly advanced their reputations with his expansive, exquisitely composed images. Mr. Bricker’s supple, streamlined film should do much to advance Mr. Shulman’s.



Mr. Shulman’s big break came in 1936, from Richard Neutra, who had him document his creations. Mr. Shulman’s talents were also sought by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.



Later we meet many of Mr. Shulman’s prosperous colleagues and supporters still living: Frank Gehry (who says Mr. Shulman got him his first client), Ed Ruscha, Tom Ford, the actress Kelly Lynch and the screenwriter Mitch Glazer. At times it seems as much a tour of well-to-do Los Angeles and Palm Springs as a portrait of its subject. (An amusing historical montage, which races through the origins of California Modernism, may baffle those uneducated on the subject. But this film is not for them.)



Mr. Shulman comes across as buoyant and endearingly confident, cognizant of his place in architectural history. He lived long enough to survive postmodernism, a trend he disdained, and to be the founder of the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif.



Although it commends its subject for his environmental concerns, “Visual Acoustics” is not about political causes; it’s about lovely photographs of graceful buildings and those who can afford the real estate. But it does pay proper respect to a deserving artist.


VISUAL ACOUSTICS



Opens on Friday in Manhattan.



Directed by Eric Bricker; written by Mr. Bricker and Phil Ethington; narrated by Dustin Hoffman; directors of photography, Aiken Weiss and Dante Spinotti; edited by Charlton McMillan; music by Charlie Campagna; produced by Mr. Bricker and Babette Zilch; released by Arthouse Films. At the Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, Greenwich Village. Running time: 1 hour 24 minutes. This film is not rated.
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Postby nichols » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:03 pm

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CURRENTLY in NEW YORK

http://www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/sho ... 54:44%20AM

SUNDAY, OCT. 11 in BURBANK

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

A Film by Eric Bricker 2009 Recipient of the Julius Shulman Communication Award

6:00-7:00 PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 PM Film and Award Presentation
Woodbury University, Burbank

http://www.woodburyalumni.com/s/131/ind ... nt_id=1968

TUESDAY, OCT. 13 at 6pm in HOLLYWOOD
HOLLYHOCK HOUSE in LOS ANGELES
Friends of Hollyhock House screening
(details TBA)
http://www.hollyhockhouse.net/

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 in WEST LOS ANGELES
L.A. Premier of Julius Shulman Documentary, Visual Acoustics, Q&A with Chris Nichols (I hear he's good)
Friday, October 16, 9:50 p.m.
Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

SUNDAY, OCT. 18 in WEST LOS ANGELES
L.A. Premier of Julius Shulman Documentary, Visual Acoustics, Q&A with Linda Dishman
Sunday, October 18
Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

The Conservancy is proud to partner with Arthouse Films and filmmaker Eric Bricker on the Los Angeles premier of Visual Acoustics, the award-winning documentary about the late master photographer Julius Shulman.

Join us at the Nuart Theatre for the afternoon screening on Sunday, October 18, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/ ... heatre.htm

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Postby skarsgrdalex » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:53 am

Visual Acoustics has been highly recommended by a good friend. I am really looking forward to seeing this film!

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Postby nichols » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:19 pm

More details on tomorrow's screening:


Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

5:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Hosted Wine Reception poured by Silverlake Wine <http://www.silverlakewine.com> & Self-Guided Docent Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. In addition, the Border Grill Truck <http://www.bordergrill.com/bg_t/bg_twel.htm> located in the motor court will be serving up tantalizing delights.

7:30 PM
Premiere screening of VISUAL ACOUSTICS in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre adjacent to Hollyhock House.

9:00 PM
Q & A – Frances Anderton; writer, producer and radio host, will serve as moderator of the distinguished panel featuring director Eric Bricker and special guests including Leo Marmol (Marmol Radziner).

Tickets are gratis; however, due to limited seating for the event, reservations are required. Click here <mailto:fohh.hollyhockhouse@gmail.com?subject=RSVP Visual Acoustics>

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Postby Steve Tepperman » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:58 pm

Hi All,

saw the film at the Cinema Village in NYC this afternoon. There were about 25 people in the theatre (Not bad for an afternoon show even though it was a holiday). Julius was great, very candid as usual. Some great recreations of case Study #22. Tons of photos. However that led to my one disappointment. The photos went by too quickly and the names of the houses were almost impossible to read. Way too small. Its poss they shrunk the film to fit the screen as this is not a large theatre but I dont think so.

Either way a must see for all modcommers and anyone who had the chance to meet Julius. Several architects are interviewed as well etc. I laughed and cried (really).

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Postby nichols » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:55 am

Visual Acoustics opens at the Landmark

http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/f ... p?id=73168


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