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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Is Modern Architecture Disastrous?"


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  • Actors: Tom Wolfe
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E55X9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Taped on October 1, 1981A rip-roaring attack on the shibboleths of modern architecture--and with a Firing Line rarity, visual aids (illustrations from Wolfe's book). Wolfe: "The irony of this is all these forms were created for the workers in the ruins and rubble of Germany after the First World War under a Socialist government and somehow, as if they had bounced off Telstar, landed on Sixth Avenue, Park Avenue--practically any avenue you want to name in any large American city. . . . Far from housing workers these structures ... are housing the corporate giants of America. . . . And they are all in worker-housing forms." Summary by Firing Line staff.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VanPatten Roux on May 22, 2013
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This is a great interview with two very intelligent and erudite thinkers. The interview is sufficiently in-depth and surveys the fundaments and evolution of modern architecture in an engaging style with valuable insights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Buxton on November 10, 2013
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There was bad architecture before Gropius and van der Rohe in the US, certainly, but I think with the European imports America imported a brittleness of opinion. Modernist architecture can barely stand to be criticized. It is also self-hating: instead of admitting its "bourgeois" origin and sympathies, it erects two shield: one a false identification with the other-assigned proletariat, the other a shrill insistence on "true to the materials" that acted as a very poor aesthetic and practical defense.

And by filmstrip, I mean the conversation is illustrated by still photos. Still very AV Club for WFB.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cxlxmx on January 7, 2010
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In this episode of Firing Line, WFB interviews Tom Wolfe about his book From Bauhaus to Our House. This isn't the best Firing Line and does little or nothing to expand on the experience of reading the book. If you want Firing Line, try a different episode; if you want architecture, read Wolfe's book instead; if you want Wolfe, Ben Wattenberg's Think Tank interview with him is available online for free...
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