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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Is Modern Architecture Disastrous?" 2008

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Taped on 10/01/1981. A rip-roaring attack on the shibboleths of modern architecture with author Tom 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 ... practically any avenue you want to name in any large American city."

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Tom Wolfe
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59 minutes

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Director Unavailable
Starring Tom Wolfe
Studio Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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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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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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The best Buckley interview with Tom Wolfe, who by this point had shed any reluctance to embrace an individualistic, iconoclastic and essentially conservative view. Funny, insightful, Wolfe at his most expansive.
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Particularly Chomsky, Sowell, Wolfe, Kissinger, Nixon, Ginsberg and Kunstler. Kunstler and Chomsky provide wonderful examples of skillfully staying engaged in a debate that is more or less rigged against them.
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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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