Eames: The Architect and the Painter Posted December 23, 2011 by Daniel Ostroff

Eames Demetrios, Eames Office Director: ” There is a new Eames Documentary coming out on PBS, and I will have more to say about it–but people have been asking what the Eames Family thinks about it. It is the first new documentary since a German one about a dozen years ago.”

“We enjoyed the visual beauty of this documentary by two talented filmmakers telling the story they wanted to tell as they curated from the rich Eames legacy. We hope and expect viewers will be inspired to take the rewarding dive deeper into Charles and Ray’s ideas and process, life and work.”

Eames Demetrios, Director of The Eames Office, on the new documentary:

“For alot of Eames fans, Christmas comes tonight.


It is the national PBS airing of the new documentary–Eames: The Architect and the Painter. I hope you get a chance to see it.

And I have shared a few comments about the film earlier on this blog:

Our family statement

Appearing at the screening in New York

Personal dimensions of the film

And just posted about 10 clips that celebrate Charles and Ray’s work and ideas

But people keep asking me what I think of the PBS movie, so I thought it take a crack at it. What are my thoughts? Mostly very positive, with a few cautions.

First of all, I think the film does an amazing job of making clear the importance of Ray to the partnership and collaboration. And also underscoring how clear Charles was in valuing her contribution and trying to be sure people saw it and respected it.

The film also allows the staff at the office to articulate how that influence and how that process of valuing Ray might have worked. It was just a few years ago that the New York Times referred to Powers of Ten as being made by the Eames Brothers–so the work is far from done. I hope in this upcoming Ray Centennial (she would have been 100 in 2012) there will be more explorations.

Second, visually the film is very beautiful. I loved the House of Cards motif weaving together the transitions. And also think it was fantastic to make the commitment to bring a crane to the Eames House–the footage they got that way is fantastic. That is Bill Jersey watching the screen in the second shot.

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