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The Films of Charles & Ray Eames

Charles Eames  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Directors: Charles Eames
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 337 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S2K92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Charles and Ray Eames are among the finest American designers of the 20th Century. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (the Eames® Chair), industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts. In the early 1950s, the Eameses extended their interest and skill in photography into filmmaking. They created over eighty-five short films ranging in subjects from tops to the world of Franklin and Jefferson , from simple sea creatures to the explanation of advanced mathematical and scientific concepts, such as the workings of the computer. Toccata for Toy Trains and Powers of Ten are two brilliant examples of the Eameses' skill, creativity and far-reaching interests. The scores for both those films and some thirty others were written by their friend and collaborator, Elmer Bernstein. This Box Set contains The Films of Charles & Ray Eames volumes 1 – 6.

Customer Reviews

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Genius need not have a mega budget January 3, 2007
Charles Eames was the most influential designers of the 20th century. Chances are you own a knockoff of one of his original and innovative pieces of furniture. But his work does not stop with chairs: both Charles Eames and his wife Ray (also a genius in her own right and his partner and collaborator for life) created a world of joy, innovation and sheer excitement, with a minimum of materials other than those they often found in empty fields or gutters or wherever and incorporated them into their many films, sculptors, household design, or simple pen aand ink holders.

Their films (and all their work) not only set the stage for movement in design, but influenced the better half of most serious filmmakers whether independent or Studio funded.

Their work is playful, complex, quite simple while being very insightful, and of course they all had the element of using the found object or everyday aspect of life. From a film about washing a black top playground to a wondrous overlay of toy trains, both conveying the excitement of the old compared to the new but also the sheer elegance of an innate understanding of space and its power to communicate.

For anyone who wishes to see our world anew and with the genius of vision; this is about the BEST series of films anyone appreciating the art of film making and the purity of seeing, could purchase. 10 STARS if it were possible. DO NOT PASS UP THIS COLLECTION and always remember to keep ones eyes and mind open and receptive: your life will be the better for it and for having had Charles and Ray Eames and their works in our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Eames December 27, 2006
This collection could be termed Charles and Ray Eames Greatest Hits! For anyone growing up in the late fifties or early sixties, the Eames' designs were the ultimate in modern sophistication. To my childhood eyes, their style personified what it meant to be an adult. Their films personify no less. Watching Powers of Ten, Tops or Day of the Dead, I feel like both the wordly adult and the fascinated little kid. It's as if I'm at the 1964 World's Fair again, enjoying all it's wonders AND enjoying a dry martini at the same time. If you'd enjoy seeing the Adult World again just as you saw it when you were a kid, then this collection is a must-have. For students of design this collection is a must-have. And for devotees of classic High Style this collection is a must-have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Teaching Tool May 29, 2007
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The work of Charles and Ray Eames remains the strongest design voice of the century. This collection of their own films and works of others relating to their products and ideas illustrates the power of design. It opens the world of design to everyone. As a teacher, I use these films to demonstrate the design process and to inspire students to think and inact using both their intellect and their inuition. All the work is done with fun and imagination!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, interesting, and a wee bit trippy. May 14, 2010
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Filmed during the '60s, '70s, and '80s, these films are a wonderful look into the creative collective that was Eames design. Two standout films from the first disc are "The Power of Ten" - perhaps their most famous film - which feels like an acid trip about distance, scale, and picnics that takes you through the nethersphere then into microbial DNA strands and the little guys deep inside them. It's exceptional for anyone who wants to gather some sense of scale and to get an illustrated view of what all of the little zeros mean once you cross the one billion mark. The second film, whose title escapes me right now, is a twenty minute, or so, look at the Eames office physical space being deconstructed when the business was closed. What's so cool about this is to see all of the inspirational nonsense on the walls, furniture in all states of usability, the physical reckoning of filing 50 years of production and inspirational minutae into what began as an open, static floor plan, that grew over time into an intricate labrynth of shelves, desks, partitions, and eeked out office space. Watch them pull everything apart, piece by piece, and you feel like a little piece of the space's soul is being removed. It's unbelievably moving. SSo, what are you waiting for? Click the buy button. This set is amazing if you're ready for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completing the picture October 3, 2008
If you are fascinated by the talents of the Eames' and want to build a fuller insight into the extent of their work then this is certainly worth getting. Be warned though that this has very little to do with their work as furniture designers and more to do with the films they produced either as personal projects or commissioned by companies such as IBM.

The movies are quaint and endearing, lovely 60s animations and models they built in their studio.

There is a nice film made by the family of the Eames' workshop when they packed it up after their death - we get to see the textures and environment of their work areas. the sound track to some of this films, particularly this one, can get a bit jarring, but the sound is relevant as it is from the music box they used to have.
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