The St. Louis International Film Festival includes the return of Mark Richard’s Smith’s Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture, a lushly-filmed exposition on the architect’s work that first screened here this summer. The screening takes place Sunday, Nov 14th at 2:00 PM at the Hi-Pointe.
From Cinema St. Louis:
This compelling documentary examines the life and work of the great American architect Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924), one of the original practitioners of the Prairie School of design and a key influence on Frank Lloyd Wright. Sullivanâ€™s legacy is especially visible in his adopted home of Chicago, but his work is found throughout the U.S. and includes St. Louis’ Wainwright Building — one of the worldâ€™s first skyscrapers — and Union Trust Building. Playfully describing the film as “design porn,” the Kansas City Star says that “the genius of this movie lies in its almost sensual appreciation of Sullivanâ€™s buildings, which formed an elegant yet utilitarian bridge between the solid formality of the late Victorian era and the lush ornamentation of art nouveau while planting the seeds for art deco. So you’ll learn about an important artist from this film, but youâ€™ll also leave feeling a bit ravished.” With director Smith. Sponsored by Tjaden Interiors.
Tickets are $12 on the day of show. More ticketing information here.