Monday, February 20, 2012

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

The long but not especially interesting title "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" belongs to a short and sporadically interesting documentary about the pioneering British architect Norman Foster. I enjoyed the world tour of Foster's original buildings, some of which are strikingly beautiful. Interviews with leadingarchitects are also of some help to those of us with only a lay appreciation of architecture. But the movie's fatal flaw is its unnamed narrator, whose countless hagiographic references to "Norman", besides vaguely recalling "Psycho," are delivered in the reverential tones you might expect of a Scientology infomercial on L. Ron Hubbard.

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