Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

2016 | 70 minutes | Rated NR

This is the doc for those who are always moved by images of neo-futurism (which has become retro-futurism in our late times) in American architecture. The central figure in this movement, which left nothing untouched (chairs, tables, windows, staircases, factories), is Eero Saarinen. He is famous for the TWA Flight Center at the JFK International Airport. That building looks more like a spaceship than an airplane. In fact, one would expect it, and not the planes it connects people to, to take off and fly to the thinnest parts of our atmosphere. The title of the documentary, Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, says it all. Saarinen saw the future from the first and most prosperous period of the Golden Age of American Capitalism, which came to an end in 1972 (Saarinen died in 1961, a year before the TWA Flight Center was completed). Saarinen’s future is strange and wonderful because it is no longer our future.


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Film Credits
Peter Rosen
Blythe Danner, Peter Franzén