Sue Ann Kahn
Edwina Pattison Daniels
Release: 12 Nov. 03
|My Architect: A Son's Journey
BY: DAVID PERRY
Struggling to understand the enigma that is his father,
Nathaniel Kahn goes through the achievements of his dadís lifetime. For most
sons this might be a few nights with old documents, clippings, and personal
memories. Kahn, however, has buildings to regard -- heís the son of Louis I.
I respect what Kahn wants to do with his film, My Architect: A Sonís
Journey, but I wonder if itís really worth turning into a movie. Some
stories of father-son estrangement and understanding can make wonderful
films, but this one is built on a distance that isnít particularly
salvageable, even if Kahn travels around the world to look at these
buildings. I even fancy myself a connoisseur of fine architecture, but
watching people walk around these deserted buildings, long after their
prime, isnít particularly how I like to spend my afternoon screenings.
I desperately hope that Nathaniel Kahn gained an understanding of his father
by making this film, and that what he learned will be useful in his own
relations with his children. I just wish I hadnít been forced to sit through
this person struggle that plays out like an extended Dateline NBC special.