Modernism at the Movies ACMI and open house melbourne presents

Visual Acoustics

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“an elegy to modernism”

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, one of the world's greatest architectural photographers, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream and a global consciousness. Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.

His images epitomised the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. 

Winner of several accolades including the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary at Austin Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Lone Star International Film Festival, and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at Newport Beach Film Festival.