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Towards the end of his career, legendary Chicago architect Louis Sullivan--"the father of modernism"--constructed the eight banks studied in this quirky documentary. Collectively referred to as Sullivan's Jewel Boxes, these structures are located in small towns across America's heartland. Though they appear solid, like cathedrals of capitalism, each bank is discreetly ornate and plays off the flat, Midwestern surroundings. Directed by Heinz Emigholz as part of his "Photography and Beyond" project, Sullivan's Banks conveys the architect's lasting influence. "As the film examines these beautiful red-brick buildings...you are induced to consider the powerful psychological effect of architecture" (New York Times). An Official Selection at the New York Film Festival. In German or English.

Heinz Emigholz---Germany---2004---90 mins.