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  • Summary: The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 1, 2011
    75
    As fascinating - and at times oblique - as the famous couple themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Dec 8, 2011
    75
    The Eamery, as some called it, was highly successful as a business - and, more important, as an exercise in tastemaking. "We wanted to make the best for the most for the least,'' the Eameses like to say.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Nov 14, 2011
    70
    Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's sprightly documentary weighs its subjects' unique accomplishments and widespread influence while probing a relationship more complex than its sunny public face indicated.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 17, 2011
    70
    The most gratifying thing about "Eames" is that it shows, in marvelous detail, how their work was an extension of themselves and how their distinct personalities melded into a unique and protean force.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Nov 15, 2011
    60
    As this engaging, if rote, doc points out, the name Eames, much like Victorian, now defines the style of an era. Yet how many of us knew that the industrial designers behind those midcentury molded mod chairs were an eccentric married team?
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Jul 28, 2012
    60
    Thorough if workmanlike documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Nov 13, 2011
    50
    Structurally lopsided, the narrative jumps directly into the success of their first molded-plywood chair, and meanders from there into the numerous short films the Eames Studio made for government agencies and IT companies.

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