Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Sketches of Frank Gehry 2005

Directed by Sydney Pollack

Hollywood director Sydney Pollack provides an engaging personal introduction to one of the most popular architects of our time, his close friend 77-year-old Frank Gehry.

USA In English
83 minutes 35mm



George Tiffin
Claudio Rocha
Marcus Birsel

Video photography

Sydney Pollack
Ultan Guilfoyle


Karen Schmeer


Jon Oh


Sorman & Nystrom


Frank Gehry
Sydney Pollack
Craig Webb
Michael Ovitz
Ed Ruscha
Dennis Hopper
Charles Jencks


Toronto 2005


In his first documentary, Hollywood director Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa) provides a lucid and engaging personal introduction to one of the most intriguing and popular architects of our time, 77-year-old Frank Gehry, who happens to be his close friend. In an effort to better understand Gehry's architecture, he delves into his childhood and passions, even talking to his 94-year-old therapist. Gehry talks modestly, but with appealing enthusiasm, about his ideas and the process of turning them into buildings. We see how his strong, hastily sketched curves become structures, and how computers and technology (which he doesn’t pretend to understand) have changed his ability to translate what he sees into swirling, structural icons like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Pollack talks to happy Gehry clients and assistants, to artists Ed Ruscha and Chuck Arnoldi, and even finds a token detractor to bemoan the branding power of Gehry’s fame.

"Refreshing, instructive and very satisfying." — Richard Shickel, Time