‘Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future’

Screens 5 p.m. Friday, March 31 at the Detroit Historical Museum and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Cinema Detroit. Tickets are $10.

“Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink, Virginia’s Dulles Airport and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. Saarinen spent much of his life based at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills before his sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture. The exploration of his professional output is interwoven with stories from his sometimes difficult family life, particularly through the eyes of his son Eric Saarinen, who is the film’s director of photography.

After the films: Conversations with Eric Saarinen, the film’s coproducer, director of photography and Eero Saarinen’s son, led by Detroit Free Press business columnist John Gallagher on Friday and Joe Posch, owner of the Detroit-based retail store Hugh, on Saturday.

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Year: 2016
Running time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Director: Peter Rosen
Cinematographer: Eric Saarinen
Editors: Kris Liem, Adam Zucker
Producers: Peter Rosen, Matt A. Feige, Pepe Tarakiri, Julie Sacks
Production company: Peter Rosen Productions, Thirteen Productions, Detroit Public Television in Association with YLE