Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
The modernism of Julius Shulman
Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
Far too preachy for a documentary about someone whose visual mastery is legendary--and for a film that specifically is titled Visual Acoustics--but Julius Shulman indeed is quite a character, like his photos.
The documentary was good but wanted more on the photographing element side of his work rather than the architecture.
Pretty much Schulman: An Introduction, only Julius Schulman is probably less full of shit/himself. A better documentary of a photographic style than an architectural movement: I'm sorry, but you lost me at 60-second cartoon montage of modernist history.
"What good is a dream house if you haven't got a dream?"
I had really high expectations for this one. The film itself isn’t beautifully shot which is a bit of a shame, although the architecture does still manage to stand out. Fortunately, Julius Shulman is a wonderful subject. He is incredibly likeable, and it is his great personality and anecdotes that make this worthwhile.
Not a big fan of documentaries, but this was fun.
If you like looking at photographs (film, not digital - which is what drew me to this in the first place, even before people kept telling me I must watch it), and architecture then this will be right up your alley. It's all very beautiful, and Julius is adorable, just slow in some parts.
Not especially well made, but those moderately interested in architecture and design should thoroughly enjoy it. Visually, it's quite bland, but the design featured in the film (the architecture, photography, and motion graphics) covers this up. There's some beautiful design here, and it's a treat to get a better look at these houses. Shulman is a very compelling figure, and his outlook on life is inspiring.
Well worth it for anyone in the visual arts world.
Especially interesting for anyone into Los Angeles/desert architecture and modernism. Charming portrait of Julius Shulman—what an interesting life he had. Half a star short of 5 for a couple odd editing/graphics sequences.
Documentary titles on the world of picture taking, from art and fashion shooters to war photographers and paparazzi.
Because my watchlist is too long.