February 25, 2013 | 7:30-9:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Theater Arts Center, Media Theater (M110), UC Santa Cruz
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Synopsis: This film is a cinematic mediation about the untold story of Erich Mendelsohn, whose life and career were as enigmatic and tragic as the path of the century. He drew sketches on tiny pieces of paper and sent them from the trenches to a young cellist, who was waiting for him in Berlin. She thought he was a genius and after WWI, she helped him become the busiest architect in Germany. When she planned to leave him for a communist poet, he built a perfect house for her, entirely planned by him from the lakeview living room, to the silverware and her evening gowns. When the Nazis came to power, they abandoned the house and left Germany forever. Erich and Louise Mendelsohn have wandered between continents, between world wars, between success and failure. The buildings that Erich built around the world, scattered as a trail of their journey, have changed the history of architecture.
Award-winning filmmaker and current Schusterman Visiting Artist, Duki Dror (The Journey of Vaan Nguyen, Raging Dove) has created a spectacular interpretation based on Erich and Louise’s relationship, for one of the most captivating chapters in the development of modern art.
Presented by The Arts Division and Film and Digital Media. Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Arts Dean’s Arts Excellence Fund, and Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival.