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To house Solomon Guggenheim's collection of modern art, Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a powerful spatial experience, one that would revolutionize the relationship between people and art. The result, the iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, utilized stunning innovation in form and Wright s concept of organic architecture to radically transform the museum experience. It has often been said that the greatest work in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum is the building itself. What makes the Guggenheim an architectural and cultural icon? How did Wright conceive of and develop his ideas for the building's coiling ramp and magnificent rotunda? And how does it continue to challenge our collective understanding of art museums even into the 21st century? Neil Levine, world-renowned architectural historian and professor at Harvard University, takes us on an engaging and personal tour of the building and its history. The tour is fun, provocative, and will leave you with a clear understanding of how 'The Guggenheim' has forever changed our assumptions of what an art museum can be.

1. Story told by world-renowned architectural historian and Harvard Professor, Neil Levine.
2. Featuring archival film footage and original Wright drawings and sketches.
3. New photography of the recently restored museum.
4. 1 hour and 25 minutes in duration.
5. Region Free (DVD is viewable in all countries)
6. NTSC and PAL formats supported.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Levine
  • Directors: Timothy Sakamoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: in-D media
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XDOJFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By in-D on September 15, 2010
Format: DVD
Length: 2:40 Mins
This is the opening sequence of the film in which Neil Levine, world-renowned architectural historian and professor at Harvard University, sets the stage and tone for the film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drew Campbell on September 21, 2011
Format: DVD
As a documentary filmmaker myself, I've seen a lot of films that cover their subject in the usual, plodding way with disinterested talking heads churning out information over a steady background of "B-roll" shots. This isn't one of them.

I love how the film is structured, and I really learned a great deal. I've been in the museum, of course, and I knew that it was a Frank Lloyd Wright design, but I was clueless about the process that created it. I love how the personality of the presenter is part of the story. It's far more than just a staid, historical piece about where the museum came from. Concentrating so much attention on the presenter's journey to understand the museum, as well as his criticisms and objection about the "as-built" design, makes it much more compelling and human. Now I want to go visit again!

There is lots of great writing as well. Some of the things I wrote down were:

"You need a space where everything is subjected to one's sense of movement."
"You have to deal with the museum on its terms."
Comments about the "contextual" installations and the "sociability" of the museum.

One of my favorite parts is the section with the watercolor sketch of the interior and the small video inserts that fade in and out. It really helps the viewer to connect the design process to the reality of inhabiting the completed space.

All in all, great work! Wonderfully shot and a great score to boot!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Root River on September 19, 2010
Format: DVD
This is a DVD worth adding to one's Wright library. Levine's interview is provocative and engaging and the visuals are excellent. Read a full review at [...]
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