The filming of "Unfinished Vision"
was supervised by Alaimo's close friend, professor and architect, Juan
Bassegoda Nonell - member of "Friend's of Gaudí" - which also helped
add to the film's serious, informative nature. Moreover, Alaimo was
dedicated to making this film from the Spanish point of view, and therefore
all interviews were done with Spaniards, and whenever possible, scenes
were filmed on sight in Barcelona.
To give a real "hands-on" experience of Gaudí's
work, the film utilizes several magnifiscent details of Gaudí's various
architectural forms, for example, the Pedrara chimneys, the parabolic
arch of Colonia Güell, the arches of the College of Teresianas, and
the door of Finca Güell. Alaimo notes, "I try to explain 'the why'
[of the things Gaudí did with his architecture] by showing what he
did. Perhaps this way, the people will come to understand him." Though
the film does include many technical architectural descriptions, the
work as a whole is not overly-technical, and hence easily understood
and entertaining to all audiences. In reality, the images of Gaudí's
architectural forms speak for themselves. "The way we photograph and
the elected style, I think, make possible an authentic capturing of
Gaudí's work," explains Alaimo, who made sure to emphasize everything
aspect of the architecture, from construction, form, and light, to
mysticism and individualism.
Though the film is only 60 minutes long, and centers
around 48 hours in the architect's life, Alaimo claims, "It's an observation
of the life and work of Gaudí from the beginning to the very end of
his final day. [In this film] all of his work is evoked in these final
48 hours of his life."
According to a 1974 issue of Variety Magazine, "['An
Unfinished Vision'] does provide lots of fascinating close-ups of
Gaudí's buildings and hypos interest and understanding of them, thanks
to good thesping by Vásquez and an intelligent script." The ripple
effect of the film's release was also significant in that a system
of Spanish work was made known, "national glory" was brought to Spain,
and the work of an incredible, avant-garde architect was exposed on
Alaimo's love of Gaudí and the city of Barcelona
continue today, twenty-six years after the release of the documentary.
He visits the city frequently, continues to work on his Spanish, and
has hopes of eventually moving here permanently.