Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
An American Masters Tribute Film
68 min + Q/A
Q/A with Director Peter Rosen
DIRECTOR: Peter Rosen
PRODUCER: Peter Rosen
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Michael Kantor
EDITORS: Kris Liem, Adam Zucke
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Eric Saarinen
Finnish-American modernist architect Eero Saarinen’s sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture. He designed many visionary buildings, including the St. Louis iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, New York’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and Virginia’s Dulles Airport. On another front, his extraordinary talent broke traditional design parameters with his iconic modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. Using the latest in drone technology, the film from American Masters Pictures takes you on a journey with his son, director of photography Eric Saarinen, as he visits the sites of his father’s work on a cathartic journey that showcases the architect’s body of timeless work.
Peter Rosen has produced and directed over 100 full-length films and television programs that which have won awards at all the major film festivals. He has worked directly with some of the most important figures in the arts. Rosen won the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award in 1990 and a Primetime Emmy Award for his production Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.