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  • Actors: Hosted by Paul Goldberger
  • Directors: Michael Epstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031SZEPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BENJAMIN LATROBE: AMERICA'S FIRST ARCHITECT is a story of triumph and tragedy, the compelling saga of the man who designed much of official Washington, including the central portions of the United States Capitol. His ideas ultimately defined the first uniquely "American" architecture, but his life was a tumultuous series of creative successes and personal catastrophes, ending with his death in poverty in New Orleans. Featuring extensive computer-generated animation, interviews with architects and historians, and visits to the sites of Latrobe s works, Pulitzer Prize-winning host Paul Goldberger explores every aspect of Latrobe s extraordinary story, beginning with his early years in England, continuing through his immigration to the young Republic, his friendship with Thomas Jefferson, his work on major constructions such as the Baltimore Basilica the first Catholic Cathedral built in the United States and the stunning failures of his last years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William V. Kriebel on May 25, 2010
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This is a very well done hour program. Perhaps a little overbearing on the part of the narrator/interviewer, Paul Goldberger, especially with regard to the historians interviewed.

Photography well done, showing off the recently restored Baltimore Cathedral in all its glory. Some other works get slighted.
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By Kim on August 1, 2011
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I wished they went into more of his personal life and gave us a little background of his early years. It was really well done.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Queen Halloween on July 29, 2010
The narrator/host of this documentary is nearly insufferable. His voice is awkward and constantly taking away from the flow of this great story. It's almost as if he is trying to make this documentary a story about himself.

Other than that, the documentary is very informative and entertaining.
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