Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
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In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a country house for the Kaufmann family over a small stream in Western Pennsylvania. He named it Fallingwater. It, perhaps more than any other building, exemplifies Wrights concept of organic architecture. Examining the relationships between the site, the building, the clients, and the architect, reveal why it stands as a testament to a great architect working at the height of his career.
DISK ONE: Additional Features:
10 Extended interviews with: Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater; Cara Armstrong, Curator of Buildings and Collections; Denise Miner, Public Tour Manager and Community Liaison; Richard Cleary, Architectural Historian. A slideshow of over 230 newly commissioned photographs of Fallingwater.
The next best thing to visiting Fallingwater, is this interactive, virtual tour featuring over 250 photographs and 17 VR panoramas. Its an easy to use virtual tour which immerses you inside each room of the house and around the Fallingwater property. Computer requirements: Windows 95 and higher, and Mac OSX, DVD-ROM drive.
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Disk 2 is a PC/Mac DVD that lets you do a photo exploration of Fallingwater in a nice little app that places the pictures in the right locations within the house and grounds.
Overall, the information provided is good, solid stuff. Ms. Waggoner knows Fallingwater well, and is entertaining and informative. Professor Cleary clearly has a love for the architecture of Wright and provides excellent information.
In between the interviews, the viewer gets to look at still photographs given the "Ken Burns Treatment" (the camera zooms in on still photos to give you a sense of motion), and the absolute gem is probably about 1-2 minutes of old home movies taken while Fallingwater was being constructed.
So why the average review? There's really not much content here that I couldn't find on the web (including the pictures). In particular, it puzzles me there was no video of the inside of Fallingwater, as Ms. Waggoner would have made a perfect host for this purpose. There's nothing wrong with the content, there just isn't a lot of it.
If you're considering this video, I would pair it with the Ken Burns special on Frank Lloyd Wright, and add the book "Fallingwater" edited Lynda Waggoner available on Amazon as well Fallingwater Lynda Waggoner