A remarkable homage to Soane from some of America's greatest post-war architects as well as the story of Soane's life and work beautifully told using new footage of his buildings and the expert commentary of Christopher Woodward, Charles Jencks, Margaret Richardson and Gillian Darley. This film investigates both the influence of antiquity on Soane following in his Grand Tour footsteps through Rome and Sicily, as well as how his stripped-down classical style helped guide American architects out of the strictures of Modernism. Exquisite footage of Soane's masterpieces, including his residence/museum in London and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, is intercut with detailed views of works by the Americans, including Philip Johnson's Guest House, Richard Meier's Getty Museum, Michael Graves' own residence and Newark Museum renovation, Henry Cobb's Payson Building of the Portland Museum of Art, and the Salisbury Wing of the National Gallery in London designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Through interviews and guided tours these architects, along with architectural historians Charles Jencks and Christopher Woodward, offer unique insight into the ways in which their works refract the genius of Soane. DVD Region: 0 (viewable in all countries).
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