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Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
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Year 2016
Length 68
Country USA
Director(s) Peter Rosen

Explore the life of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), whose visionary buildings include National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan. Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink, Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip Chair.

In this film we travel with his son Director of Photography Eric Saarinen as he visits the sites of his father’s work on a cathartic journey. Shot in 6K with the latest drone technology, the film showcases the architect’s body of work for the first time. Eero’s sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture. Today, Saarinen’s work stands apart and continues to inspire and renew interest in 20th-century architects and artists who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring American aesthetic. Produced and directed by Peter Rosen, the film will have its tv premiere in December 2016 on PBS as part of the American Masters series.


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