Frank Lloyd Wright (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 11, 2011

31. Frank Lloyd Wright (Available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t think I’ve hidden my love for nearly all things Frank Lloyd Wright.  I don’t know when I first became enamored with the man and his designs, but it became more evident after a trip that my husband and I took in May 2009.  We took a short trip out to Western Pennsylvania, where in a single day we toured 2 homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, and Fallingwater, probably the most famous of the private homes designed by Mr. Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright, signed tile 2.This is a photo of the tile in the wall at the front door of Kentuck Knob, “signed” by Mr. Wright himself.

Anyway, back to the film.  This is a 2 hour and 40 minute documentary chronicling the entirety of the life and work of FLW, from his young years with a mother giving him building blocks and deciding that her toddler would be a famous architect,  to his scandalous love life, to his times of success and failure in his career, to his eventual recognition and death.  In addition to being an absolutely brilliant designer, he lead an interesting life.  Some of his choices were unfortunate, particularly for his first wife Kitty and their children, but it makes for an fascinating tale.

This is the Larkin building, one of FLW’s first major commissions.

I would highly recommend this Frank Lloyd Wright documentary to anyone with an interest in architecture or just in an interesting story.  FLW had much more going on in his life than drawing homes and buildings, and this film explores all of the happiness and tragedy that befell Mr. Wright during his lifetime.

Frank Lloyd Wright is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.99.

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