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Incessant Visions

The life of German architect Erich Mendelsohn was so interesting that it shines through the bland presentation of this short documentary. Inspired by avant-garde art and radical politics, Mendelsohn developed an expressionist approach to architecture between the world wars, trusting his imagination over tradition and producing fantastic, curvilinear forms that would become a major influence on art deco. Director Duki Dror emphasizes the ironies of Mendelsohn's legacy: in Tel Aviv a generation of imitators made his most unusual ideas seem banal, and his most important American assignment involved replicating traditional German homes for the U.S. army to destroy in fire-bombing tests. In English and subtitled German and Hebrew.

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