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 stranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD COL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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 w... Read More »

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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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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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4536o
May 30, 2019

Very high Rotten Tomatoes ratings often signal a "difficult" film. (Think "Birdman," for instance.) Columbus--97% Fresh on the Tomatometer--falls easily into this category. There's plenty to like here for viewers with a certain sensibility, including the acting and sensational architecture, along with rigorous camera technique for cinemaphiles. But for many Columbus is the equivalent of meditating quietly in a Zen garden for two hours.

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graybear2
May 18, 2019

Mind-numbingly BORING. All dialogue, none of it clever or interesting. We both fell asleep twice, then slugged through it a third time, then felt robbed of our time when there was absolutely no payoff. Neither of us can fathom the high rating.

The production company canceled the original DVD release of this indie award-winning John Cho film last year. If you lost your place in line, you can place your hold now or watch it streaming via Kanopy.

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