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MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan
"[Filmmakers] Severns and Mori have clarified an important, little-known phase in the architect's work" -Chicago Reader
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, was deeply indebted to Japan for its aesthetic inspiration. This is the story of how he repaid that debt. Wright sought refuge in Japan when he faced public condemnation at home. For six tumultuous years, he struggled to complete the enormous commission of the Hotel Imperial in Tokyo, which helped turn his career around. During the construction of the building, he forged several relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes and mentor a new generation of architects. Wright's obsession with Japan, and vice versa, vividly reminds us that the creative spirit knows no borders. "A meticulous and eminently scholarly look...boasting authenticity and intellectual integrity" (Chicago Tribune).
Directed by Karen Severns and Koichi Mori, U.S.A./Japan, 2005, DVD, 126 mins.