Amici Films


Search of ClarityEver since Charles Gwathmey built his parents’ house and studio back in 1965, before he was even a licensed architect, his style has continuously developed and defined the modernist movement in architecture.

This film examines part of the oustanding body of work, including houses, corporate structures, universities and museums, that Gwathmey and his partner, Robert Siegel, have designed across America during the first 25 years of their partnership. Philip Johnson, Peter Eisenman, Paul Goldberger and Steven Spielberg assess the team’s impact on contemporary architecture and how by holding out aganist the fashion of post modernism, their pragmatic and beautiful homes remain timeless. To compliment the erudition of many of the contributors we also hear from a Long Island fisherman who remembers the uproar when the 'crazy' Gwathmey house first rose in Amagansett.

Of equal impact in the documentary is its emphasis on Charles Gwathmey as the consummate artistic personality. It follows him from gym to drawingboard to client meetings and classrooms as it captures his energy and passion.


Edinburgh Film Festival 1995
Film + Arc Festival in Graz, Austria 1996
Festival of Films on Art (FiFA) Montreal 1996
PBS — Adult Learning Service 1997
Architecture on Screen (an international film festival presented by the Program for Art on Film in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum of Art & Pratt Institute) 1998
Ovation TV Jan.1997 — Dec. 1999
Ovation TV Dec. 2008 — Nov. 2011