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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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Director  Jason Cohn Bill Jersey
Show  American Masters
Episode number  5
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Biography
Season number  25
Air date  December 19, 2011
Country  United States
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Release date  November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18)
Writer  Jason Cohn (narration written by)
Previous episode  James Levine: Americas Maestro
Similar movies  Powers of Ten (1977), The Architect (2006), Unfinished Spaces (2011), Antonio Gaudi (1985), How Much Does Your Building Weigh - Mr Foster? (2010)

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter is a 2011 documentary film about American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Eames Office. It was produced and written by Jason Cohn, and coproduced by Bill Jersey.


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The film moves between a narrative about the husband and wife team to one about the Eames Office and its accomplishments, starting with chair design, but also moving through architecture, photography and film. Most of the period images are still photographs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, but there are several film clips. Audio clips are interspersed with narration by James Franco.

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The film uses extensive interviews to frame the story. There are eight subjects, including Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED, Irish architect Kevin Roche, and screenwriter Paul Schrader; Lucia Eames and Eames Demetrios, Charles Eames' daughter and grandson; and three former Eames office designers: Jeannine Oppewall, Gordon Ashby, and Deborah Sussman.

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The New York Times reviewer A. O. Scott called it "a lively new documentary" and "appropriately busy and abundant: full of objects, information, stories and people, organized with hectic elegance." He praised it for showing, "in marvelous detail, how their work was an extension of themselves and how their distinct personalities melded into a unique and protean force."

Tom Keogh of the Seattle Times wrote that "Much like the creations of its subjects, 'Eames' is itself a dazzling, sensory adventure" and that "the film is an extraordinary and enjoyable history of how two people influenced so much of our thinking and surroundings today."

Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan described the film as "a thorough and vibrant examination of the master Modernists."


The film won a Peabody Award in 2012.

Home media

The film is available on YouTube from PBS as Cd1 and Cd2.

The film is available on DVD.


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