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    Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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    Director: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey

    Country: USA

    Year: 2011

    Length: 82'

    Language: In English

    Introduction by Karin Paulus.

     The husband-and-wife team of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988) were America's most influential and important industrial designers who were internationally renowned for their furniture design, and in particular their signature moulded plywood chair.

    They gave their name to an era. “Just like Queen Victoria represents an attitude toward life that is reflected in Victorian art and literature, Eames also embodies a certain approach to life and to ideas,” notes film director Paul Schrader early in this eye-opening documentary about the iconic American industrial designers. This is the first film about the couple since their deaths, and the only film that peers inside their collaboration, their marriage, and the ''Renaissance'' studio they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, California.

    The “Eames Era,” which began in the optimistic flush of American victory in WWII,  ended when Charles died in 1978. Yet their impact grows unabated. The work of Charles and Ray Eames remains for designers and consumers an ideal of design at its most virtuous – an alchemical combination of beauty and purpose.

    Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a bewildering variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office. Family members and design historians help guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery,”, that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges.  

    Many thanks to: Embassy of the United States