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'American Masters: Eero Saarinen'
(DVD / NR / 2017 / PBS)

Overview: Explore the life of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, whose visionary buildings include St. Louis Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan. Travel with his son, as he showcases the architect s body of timeless work, which continues to inspire amongst renewed interest in 20th-century architects and artists who exploded the constraints of the past to create a robust and daring American aesthetic.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Eero Saarinen was a 20th-century Finnish American architect and industrial designer noted for his neofuturistic style.

Eero Saarinen was born on August 20, 1910 to Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his second wife, Louise, on his father's 37th birthday. They immigrated to the United States in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there.[citation needed] He had a close relationship with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll (née Schust).

Saarinen began studies in sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France, in September 1929. He then went on to study at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. Subsequently, he toured Europe and North Africa for a year and returned for a year to his native Finland.

But as we discover, Eero Saarinen grew up to create some visionary buildings that include National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan. Saarinen also designed New York's TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia's Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair.

Critics always want to analyze if an architect’s work embodies certain feelings like excitement or sense of belonging when in fact architecture is as simple as sense of belonging that humans feel with a human's creation. No one analyzed that feeling better than another genius architect called Cesar Pelli when he said "IF YOUR BUILDINGS REMAIN ALIVE, YOUR MEMORY REMAINS ALIVE.” Eero Saarinen's work WAS, IS and WILL BE alive for many centuries to come since Eero's work is valued, appreciated and more importantly, protected by its care takers. Watch this fascinating documentary and discover this fact for yourself. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

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