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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Special Edition
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Special Edition
Actor: Lynda Waggoner; Richard Cleary
Director: Timothy Sakamoto
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 0min

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 Wright?s concept of ...  more »

     
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Actor: Lynda Waggoner; Richard Cleary
Director: Timothy Sakamoto
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Studio: in-D press
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Full length
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
Edition: Box set,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Excellent look at an inconic Wright commission
Mark S. Hertzberg | Racine, Wis. | 01/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first disc includes a rich history of this iconic Wright commission, with many historic photos. There are also extended interviews with Lynda Waggoner, the director of Fallingwater, and with Richard Cleary, an architectural historian.

Waggoner spoke at the recent Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy national meeting about her almost life-long involvement with, and love of, the house. Her enthusiasm for her work is contagious, as she takes us on tour, and talks about the house and its history. Her tour is a good precursor to one's first visit to Fallingwater (the 2008 Conservancy meeting will be at Fallingwater, in September).

Talking about E.J. Kaufmann and Wright, who sometimes clashed while the house was being built, she says, "They were similar people. They were both big thinkers, men who liked to make things happen, men who had great vision. What held them together was this shared vision of creating something extraordinary...You don't have to be very knowledgeable about architecture to have the building speak to you personally."

She paints vivid word pictures for us ("Suddenly nature is presented to you at the level of a bug. Wright had this unique ability to present nature to us."). She ends her interview telling us, "A masterpiece is something that has a timelessness about it...I think Fallingwater is doing well over the test of time..."

Cleary has a more academic view of the house. Their intimate knowledge of Fallingwater is woven with Sakamoto's photography, which takes us to places we cannot go in person. The camera is just to our right during the interviews. Cleary and Waggoner tend to look at the camera, rather than at the viewer. We would be drawn into the story of the house even more if they engaged us directly during their interviews.

The second disc of the set is an interactive visual tour of Fallingwater, including panoramic views of exterior of the house, and of the grounds. The disc includes copies of original plans and presentation drawings, as well as dozens of contemporary photos."
Mind and Heart Of An Architect
Habib | 02/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater" produced by Tim Sakamoto is a wonderful walk-through, not of a building, but instead of the mind and heart of an architect who not only dealt in this masterpiece with the relationship of man with himself, with his family, but also his relationship with Nature. This is a creative description of the juxtaposition of contrasting elements that give Fallingwater its splendor."
The next best thing to visiting Fallingwater
Carolyn Sissoko | 02/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video gives the viewer the opportunity to experience Fallingwater: the vistas that open up as you move through the house, the close continuous connection between inside and outside between nature and art, the way the house changes from one season to the next. Definitely the next best thing to having the opportunity to seeing the house in person!"
Captures multi-sensory experience
Susan Lockhart | 03/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD captures the multi-sensory experience of being in this iconic building in all seasons through historic photos, contemporary video and a personal narrative from Fallingwater's long-time director, Lynda Waggoner, who vividly shares her insights into the "extraordinary" of both the architecture and the two men of vision, Frank Lloyd Wright and his client Edgar Kaufmann, who came together to create this weekend retreat over the waterfall. Richard Cleary provides an architectural historian's viewpoint."