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Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth & Modernism (2005)

TV Movie  -  Documentary  -  2005 (UK)
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Frank Lloyd Wright is an American icon - it's most famous modern architect, and probably it's most prolific - over 400 buildings in a 60-year career. But his most revealing constructions ... See full summary »

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Frank Lloyd Wright is an American icon - it's most famous modern architect, and probably it's most prolific - over 400 buildings in a 60-year career. But his most revealing constructions are his houses, revolutionary in their open plan design, and conceived as an expression of Wright's philosophy of a perfect harmony between man and nature: 'organic architecture' as he called it. Wright's houses also embody an ideal for living based on calmness and order, but his own life was characterised by public scandal, financial chaos and personal tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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Disappointing
11 October 2007 | by (Detroit, Mich.) – See all my reviews

I would have expected the BBC to do a better job of introducing people to Wright. The interviews with Meryle Secrest (whose biography of FLW turned me into a fan), Ada Louise Huxtable and his grandson Eric Lloyd Wright were worthwhile, as were the home movies and the TV interviews (the voice off-camera in the interview near the end is that of Mike Wallace). But framing the thing around the 1914 murders at Taliesin, making it sound like the defining event of his life (it wasn't), and then revisiting the tragedy two-thirds of the way through, came off as lurid and exploitative. They gloss over his Prairie houses and, worse, virtually ignore the Usonian houses that made up at least half of his body of work. It came off mostly as a by-the-numbers caricature that could have done a better job with both the praise and the criticism.


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