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Frank Lloyd Wright

4.7 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Wright and Olgivanna began the Taliesin Fellowship, taking on apprentices. Fallingwater brought him new acclaim for its modern principles and materials integrated with the landscape. Usonian houses were high-quality, affordable housing for mass production. In 1937, the Fellowship began annual pilgrimage to Arizaona's Taliesin West. His provocative postwar gas stations, synagogues, and a spiral-ramped Guggenheim Museum, closed out his career.

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  • Actors: Philip Bosco Edward Herrmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BITUH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is an excellent documetary. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about architecture generally and Frank Lloyd Wright specifically.

The material covered is a well done overview of the architecture of the 20th century, as seen through the lens of FLW's life. I found it an amazing tale. There is much to learn about architecture here - the history and scenes are fantastic. From the early days of the skyscraper, to his domestic work (Pairie Houses), to Falling Water (the transformative piece of domestic architecture), the ultimate masterpiece of the Guggenheim - it's all here and well told, and shown. The commentary by Philip Johnson - a longtime FLW antagonist, but ultimately an admirer, is powerful and poignant.

On a personal note, I found the life of FLW inspiring - not in the details or setbacks, but taken for the whole. How many individuals can say their most productive period was after their 70's?

Bravo to Burns - this is one of his finest works; on one of the best of subjects.

I hope others enjoy this DVD as much as I did.
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I have never really understood the man (frank lloyd wright), behind the master teacher he ultimately became.... and in this film I have been profoundly surprised and impacted by his life's story.
I would recommend this film to anyone. It is a sensitive and brilliantly made documentary, laced with beethoven's music throughout, and impeccably built together, frame by frame on film, as Mr. Wright's buildings were.
As the documentary progressed, ultimately building to a tender yet impactful crescendo, this man's life's story brought tears to my eyes when it was over. Mr. Wright was an incredible human being....despite devastating loses he had to endure,he had the courage and fearlessness to tread a path no one ever dreamed possible, yet he did.... and during at ime where it was almost impossible to be 'free.' I loved this film. Please do not miss it.
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All in all, a very good movie and well worth watching. I started watching it rather late in the afternoon and had planned to watch the 2nd half the next day, but was so captivated I watched the 2nd half the same night and ended up staying up super late to do so. No regrets on that. I guess my one complaint would be that the movie focused on the man more than his creations. I don't know that I would change anything about this movie, but maybe would ask that Burns revisit FLW one more time and this time give us walkthroughs of his works and go into some depth as to how the furniture designs he did for many of his works were designed in terms of size and aspect ratio to fit into his creations. For me, the most fascinating aspect of his works has always been the way he used the space with 'compress and release' and all that beautiful symmetry married with organic colors and shapes. Anyway, if you're interested in the MAN and who he was, this movie is 100% spot-on brilliant. I'm greedy... I want a movie more focused on how his creations grew from the early stages to the point where he was turning out the more daring masterpieces we've come to canonize him for.
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Ken Burns is the Steven Spielberg of the Documentary Genre. His thoughtful treatment of the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright set this biographical work as the benchmark by which all others must be measured. Covers every period from the early days after the Great Chicago Fire and his marriage and subsequent infidelity that ultimately forced his relocation and the building of the first Taliesen. His European sojourn, the long battle to get a divorce from his first wife and his subsequent remarriage following the murder of his mistress and her children at Taliesen and the burning of that home are all covered in adequate detail. The Taliesen West period in Arizona and the creation of Fallingwater are also covered. For those who are familiar with Wright and his life and work, or for the newcomer to this iconic figure in American architecture, it's a film worth watching and it's a film worth owning.
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By Barley on November 23, 2008
After reading Loving Frank in my book club, I just had to get more info on this guy. People told me I had missed a PBS story on him. I knew how to fix that. What an interesting tragic guy. A genius, but an arrogant son of a gun.
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If you are a fan of architecture then you owe it to yourself to see this movie. Frank Wright was one of the most influential architects in history. This documentary doesn't just go through his career it also goes through his family life. I bought this movie for my architect aunt and we all sat down to watch it as a family. I ended up buying another copy for myself. Ken Burns does an amazing job as always and the quality you expect from PBS is there. You have seen the Guggenheim Art Museum in NYC or Falling Water now see the story behind these beautiful buildings.
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This is a great documentary on one of the greatest of all architects of modern times. I did not know a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright until I saw this show. I was indeed curious about the man and the Ken Burns expose of him is a delight to watch and become absorbed into as part of the process. Mixed with this Ken Burns approach to the subject matter is the wonderful inclusion of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. The second movement of the fifth piano concerto adds a special poignancy plus the spacious interpretation adds to the spacious designs of Mr Wright, this is followed by the thunderous finale of the piece as we learn to appreciate all of the designs and what each heralded. The closing moments and credits bring Wright in all his glory coupled with the finale to the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, a marraige of music for humanity and architecture for humanity. This would be great for any young person studying architecture and any person who apprciates quality work for the sake of quality. Five Stars to Ken Burns and Lynn Kovick on this fine all warts and everything about Frank Lloyd Wright.
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