both directed by Peter Rosen
USA
1997/98

 

Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Canton, China in 1917. He left China when he was eighteen to study architecture at MIT and Harvard. Between 1942 and 1945, he worked as a concrete designer for Stone and Webster, and in 1946 he began work in the office of Hugh Asher Stubbins, in Boston.

Pei worked as an instructor and then as an assistant professor at Harvard before he joined Webb & Knapp Inc. in New York in 1948. Pei worked as the head of the architectural division of Webb and Knapp, Inc. until 1960, when he resigned and founded his own architectural office, I. M. Pei & Partners, New York, which in 1979 became Pei, Cobb, Free & Partners.

Due to his reliance on abstract form and materials such as stone, concrete, glass, and steel, Pei has been considered a disciple of Walter Gropius. However, Pei shows little concern with theory. He does not believe that architecture must find forms to express the times or that it should remain isolated from commercial forces.

Pei generally designs sophisticated glass clad buildings loosely related to the high-tech movement. However, many of his designs result from original design concepts. He frequently works on a large scale and is renowned for his sharp, geometric designs.

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Distribution Home Vision -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime approx. 2:17:00 in total  (1:25:27 +  49:25)
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Chapters: 16 + 9

Edition Details:
Two Full-Length Documentaries
First Person Singular: 1997, Color, 85 Min.
The Museum on the Mountain: 1998, Color, 49 Min.
• Interactive Project featuring photos and descriptions of 20 structures by I.M. Pei
Comments:

This is a very nice disc package from Home Vision. Part one, "First Person Singular" details architect I.M. Pei's childhood, education, and experience revealing a life dedicated to the mystery and poetry of structural geometry. In the second feature "The Museum on the Mountain" we are focused on the conception, design, and building of Japan’s majestic Miho Museum in the mountains near Kyoto. The Extras features a project archive with detailed photos, drawings, and descriptions in a click through slideshow of twenty I.M. Pei structures. The picture quality was clear and defined (typical of a well done TV documentary). The sound was a little up and down at times, which I find a common complaint of HVE productions. The Extras are the gem of this DVD for those who are fans of I.M. Pei's work.    out of  

Gary W. Tooze





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