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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Rated NR 83 minutes 2011

The married couple Charles and Ray Eames emerged as design innovators during the postwar boom and remained so for decades; their staggering output of furniture lines, toys, films, prefab houses, and exhibitions made them household names (even if talk show host Arlene Francis, in a 1957 interview with the couple, patronized Ray as the "woman behind the man"). This serviceable documentary shows how their unparalleled professional partnership was anchored by both Charles's background in architecture and Ray's training as a painter, though their commercial success owed much to the military-industrial complex (their plywood splints for injured soldiers prefigured the molded curves of the wildly popular Eames chair, and an early animation promoting IBM computers led to more corporate commissions). Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of the TV drama Mad Men but tread lightly around Charles's mood swings and extramarital affairs.

Film Credits

Director: Bill Jersey and Jason Cohn

Producer: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey and Susan Lacy


Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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