Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Streaming Video - 1998
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This two-part documentary film explores the life of one of America's greatest architects--hated by some, worshipped by others and ignored by many. Using archival photographs, live cinematography, interviews, newsreel footage and home movies, the film tells the story of Wright's turbulent life and his extraordinary professional career. It includes the commentary of architects, historians, biographers, writers, artists, former students of Wright and members of his family. The film explores in detail some of his most important buildings, including the Prairie Houses; Unity Temple; the Larkin Building; the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo; Fallingwater; the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin; the Usonian Houses; and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 1998
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2 video files (ca. 180 min.)) : sd., col


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Mar 17, 2016

Great film on the life of FLW, really great storytelling of a great life story worth telling, and I can't get enough!
Saw parts of it when it aired on Knowledge Network, was really glad to get the chance to see it in its entirety with this dvd. Insightful, informative, and inspirational - made me love FLW even more!

May 12, 2015

And, when speaking about America's most-beloved/most-hated architects of them all - Does one properly refer to this man as being Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, or should he really be called Mr. Frank Lloyd Wrong?

Needless to say - There can be no doubt that Frank Lloyd Wright (who was/is probably the most celebrated and misjudged architects ever) was destined to redesign the entire world, but, for some unforeseen reasons, this towering vision of his was simply never realized.

Born in Wisconsin in 1867 - I think it's really very surprising to note that Wright's most productive years in his field of work didn't come around until he had reached the age of 80 (!!).

Throughout his 70-year career as one very ambitious, strong-willed and arrogant architect, Wright not only designed private homes and office towers, but he's also credited with the design of churches, schools, hotels and, yes, even gas stations and furniture, as well.

Even though this 2.5-hour documentary (directed by Ken Burns) had its fair share of notable merits and strengths to its advantage, it also racked up a few demerit points for itself by (for one thing) placing way too much emphasis on Wright's very turbulent personal life.

In 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of 91.


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