Columbus

Columbus

DVD - 2019
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When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana; a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, an architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, they explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Oscilloscope Laboratories,, [2019]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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djil
May 01, 2020

A passionate, slice of life film that relies heavily on its atmosphere to tell a story. Every shot is magic- there's just nothing like it.

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Ephriam
Mar 03, 2020

This is a drama which I started to does off. If you like Educating Rita you may enjoy this movie. For me I ended up loosing interest in the movie about a 1/4 of the way into it. So I cannot comment much on the content except to say an older man is falling for a 19 year old who turns out to be the daughter of an old friend of his who he admires.

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stevania_k
Feb 05, 2020

The movie is ok if you really want to watch movie. It’s quiet boring. The character of the caring daughter to her mom was nice though. The cinematography IMO was not able to support the purpose of the plot for the architecture to stand out or for the audience to believe it does.

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Loge99
Feb 04, 2020

A very "artsy" film. Typical shots of long corridors and hallways, mirrored reflections, flowers by the water, spectacular art inspired bridge, and many architecturally noteworthy Modernist buildings, Eliel Saarinen, Berke and others. The plot is non-existent except to say young woman decides to leave her slutty mother and go to college. The artsy shots are the entire purpose of the film. Characters just framework upon which to hang the art.

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hooppii
Nov 16, 2019

This movie is an example of where good acting alone is not enough. The directing is sub-par because the pacing is not good. Many European movies are paced slower but are able to draw you in. This one fails to do that.

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Pitsea
Jul 07, 2019

This is the most boring and slow moving movie. What a waste of time. It takes a long and winding road to reach a conclusion that was evident from the beginning.

JCLIanH Jun 27, 2019

An absolutely lovely film anchored by outstanding performances from Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho. Director Kogonada's Ozu influence shines through and helps to establish a very serene and meditative tone, but it never feels like imitation. It takes a deft hand to make a film that moves this slow feel totally compelling. There is just such a reverence for the people, places, and things in this movie where every detail feels important, no matter how subtle.

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maipenrai
Jun 19, 2019

This gentle film shows the relationships between a son and father and a daughter and mother through the imagery of architecture. Yes, this film is "slow moving" but stick with it to see the nuanced changes that happen thru friendship. Kristi & Abby Tabby *********I wondered how a small city in Indiana became a site of modernist architecture. If you are also curious: The city’s official visitor center recommends 75 notable architectural sites in all, seven of which have been designated national historic landmarks. One is the Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church, completed in the midst of World War II, in 1942. Quickly embraced by the community, Saarinen’s church all but sparked a local design revolution that took off in 1954 when J. Irwin Miller, a third-generation executive of Cummins, began the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program to bring great architecture to the city, which faced growing need as the post-war baby boom expanded the local population. A business magnate with a strong presence in the community, Miller had found a love for architecture while studying at Yale, and he recognized its power as an engine of social progress. He was also deeply engaged in civic activism, advocating for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and playing a hand in organizing the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. In developing the architecture program, Miller would later recall the words of Winston Churchill: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” The Cummins Foundation offered to cover architects’ fees for new civic developments as well as a percentage of construction costs, with the one caveat that the designers be chosen from a predetermined shortlist. “There is no other place in which a single philanthropist has placed so much faith in architecture as a means to civic improvement,” wrote New York Times critic Paul Goldberger. Architectural Forum estimated in 1970 that, from 1954 onwards, an average of two modern masterpieces were erected each year in Columbus, ranging from office buildings to churches, schools to a country club. https://www.artsy.net Amazing what one person can do.

IndyPL_WillS Jun 15, 2019

Having been to the city of Columbus many times due to my fascination with modern architecture, I knew I had to see this movie. It is quiet relationship film - not a love story, but an exploration of how the two main characters relate to their parents and each other (and architecture). The young woman loves architecture; the young man is the son of a renowned architect. She grew up in Columbus; he is visiting. The architecture is the pin holding the story together, and it is beautifully represented in the film. I was struck by the moments where there was no dialogue and simple actions were portrayed (like the woman working in her kitchen). The architecture was enough to get me interested and the rest kept me watching.

IndyPL_MaureenD Jun 03, 2019

The complicated relationships between a father and son and a mother and daughter are explored against the backdrop of the beautiful architecture of Columbus, Indiana. Lighting, perspective, and color are expertly used throughout to highlight a unique Indiana city. Subtle and profound.

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May 01, 2020

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