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Charles & Ray Eames


Last Friday, I had the chance to catch the newest documentary of the influential pair, Charles & Ray Eames, titled “Eames: the architect and the painter.” (In the off chance you’re not familiar, familiarize yourself ASAP – at least here.)

Image courtesy Library of Congress

Produced by First Run Features, it was screened last Friday, November 10th by the Houston Cinema Arts Society, view the trailer here. It was unfortunately screened midday, but fear not – if you were among the many that wished to attend, it will air next month on PBS’ American Masters (word on the street is December 19th).

Image courtesy First Run Features

We were inspired to watch their work from our own box set and happened upon a nice new discovery. Amongst the wonderful short films such as Tops, Powers of Ten, Toccata (for toy trains), we were happy to find one entitled “Bread” from 1953. In light of recently completed the food guide for Houston and being immersed in anything food, it was a welcome surprise that even a few of our heroes were intrigued enough by bread to produce a film. It can be seen here.

It’s impossible to watch Bread without thinking of Ray’s hand and care for detail. Note that each frame has some kind of lovely color or pattern or graphic in the background. Below are some frames that stood out to us.