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Fascinating but frustrating, too
30 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While it was very interesting to get a bit of the architectural history of Los Angeles in that period and the beginnings of Glenn Small's career, I found myself increasingly frustrated with the fact that no one seemed to recognize that this guy is pathologically incapable of feeling emotions about anyone else, and that his attitudes about women were unconscionable. His attitudes were not just arrogance and self-centerdness, they were pathological--perhaps Asperger's or something similar? But I did think the daughters were tremendously forgiving of him. What a dreamer he was/is--and, of course, the problem with those who think they are uncompromising geniuses is that they end up not being able to produce much actual work to PROVE that they are geniuses. It's all in the actions, in the end. But Lucia Small should be congratulated for confronting such an emotional subject via film. It's a good thing she had that phone message to play at the end--in which he actually says "I love you"! Otherwise I felt he should have been completely ostracized from human society...

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