Thursday, June 12, 2008

Julius Shulman At the Movies


(Photo by Gerard Smulevich)

Our friend Jeff pointed out that of all the titles at the L.A. Film Festival, we might like this one the most.

Knowing our love of everything L.A. -- not to mention our love of anyone and anything that chronicles our city -- he's got a point. "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" chronicles the career of the famed photog -- who, at 97 years old, is still busting out his camera and shooting L.A.

Dustin Hoffman narrates the film. From the website:
Taking its aesthetic cues from Shulman’s own sensual and nuanced photography, the film’s narrative is built from a blend of Shulman’s own images as well as in depth interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch and writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award - nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti, and a host of others.

In addition, the documentary hugely benefited from the dedicated involvement of Shulman himself, who offered exclusive access to his amazing photographic archive and intimate entre into his day-to-day life. Through the exploration of both Shulman’s art and uniquely individualistic life, Visual Acoustics offers an unforgettable portrait of Modernism’s most eloquent ambassador.

Shulman's famed photos were recently organized into a show at the Central Library.

The June 22 screening of "Visual Acoustics" at the Landmark Theatre is sold out, but according to the site, there are still tix available for the June 25 show, at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater. Show starts at 4 p.m.

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