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Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions (Chezionot bilti poskim)
Germany/Israel, German, Hebrew with English subtitles,
Director: Duki Dror, 71 minutes
This film shows the untold story of German architect Erich Mendelsohn, whose life and career were as mysterious and calamitous as the path of the century. He made sketches on very small pieces of paper and sent them from the trenches, to a young cellist, Louise, who waited for him in Berlin. She thought he was a genius, and after WWII she helped him build his career and become the most sought after architect in Germany. She eventually decided to leave him for a communist poet; but he built her the perfect house, designed fully by him; from the silverware to her gowns to the lake view living room. When the Nazis came to power, they were forced to escape the house and Germany forever. Erich and Louise Mendelsohn are always somewhere in the middle; between world wars, wandering continents, teetering between success and failure. The buildings that Erich built globally, marking the path of their journey together, have changed the history of architecture. This film is a beautiful interpretation based on Erich and Louise’s relationship, exploring an important chapter in the history and development of modern art.
Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions is the debut film in the Morley Blankstein Architectural Film Series presented by the Rady JCC and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation. Morley Blankstein was a well-known architect, community leader and philanthropist.