For more than seventy-five years, Frank Lloyd Wright played a central role in the development of modern architecture. From his early prairie houses, which brought together Japanese and other influences in a quintessentially midwestern design, to the revolutionary Johnson Wax Building, to the later masterpieces, Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum, Wright strove to realize his unique vision in which living and working environments co-exist in harmony with nature.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is a sumptuous and comprehensive survey of Wright s life and career, from his apprenticeship with Louis Sullivan in Chicago to his final days at Taliesin in Wisconsin. Among the bulidings included here are Robie House, the Wright Home and Studio, Ennis House, Millard House, Unity Temple, the Larkin Building, Hollyhock House, the Guggenheim Museum and many others. Featuring rare recordings of Wright s own reflections on his work and the principles that guided him, the film combines beautiful camerawork with imaginative use of period detail to capture the buildings that continue to evoke awe and admiration today. More, the film shows Wright as a pioneer not only of functional design, but of such utopian projects as the build-it-yourself 'Usonian automatic' house and an early prototype for a solar residence.
Narrated by Wright's granddaughter, actress Anne Baxter, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is a brilliant introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century's great visionaries, whose concepts of form and function are, in large measure, the basis of contemporary design.