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The lack of architectural examination doesn't bother me. We have so much good material on this already, such as Hoffman's book and Edgar Jr's, but social history in this degree of detail, if it's accurate, is new and welcome.
rgrant wrote:Oldham is too young to portray FLW in the 30s
True, but we are talking Hollywood, and I agree that his looks and performance in Immortal Beloved was uncannily Wrightesque. Hoffmans voice would have to be dubbed!
This is only one period in Wrights life and agree that a story about the house while more fascinating than those involved (other than Wright), would be difficult to market. Now if you went back to the prairie days....ego! fire! scandal! A natural.
I'd rather see a quality, comprehensive "biopic", especially after being disappointed by Burns. I imagine this has not been done due to both the unusual, long, and complicated career and personna of Wright.
How about Jeff Bridges not as FLW but as EK?
John Mahoney is a character actor, not the type I would expect to be able to carry a typical Hollywood production ... but for some reason I think he could get the job done in a small-budget indie.
I'd hire Dustin Hoffman or, if I wanted to go way outside the box, Robin Williams. And if Bridges has been suggested for FLW's part, then why not Christopher Walken?
Although this may appear as a mindless topic, if such a movie were
made and it was a considerable success, it could have implications for contributions, FLW home sales, course offerings... The Burns piece had such an effect to a lesser degree being a documentary and being offered on PBS. It also may be too bad that the proposed film will focus on a single period rather than a broader look at his life and work.
What I'd really love to see is a film about life/work in the Oak Park studio. Besides Wright, I'd be fascinated in seeing who played Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony (especially!). Maybe Nicole Kidman with some extreme prosthetics (to play up the Aussie connection!).
The film would also feature those trendy slo-mo "bullet time" action sequences of architect's pencils hitting the paper.
guestnow wrote:The film would also feature those trendy slo-mo "bullet time" action sequences of architect's pencils hitting the paper.
Gene Masselink runs into the dining room and yells breathlessly, "Mr. Wright is drawing the commission for EJ!"
All the apprentices race out of the room to stand in awe outside the drafting studio.
"Jesus," Gene says, "I've never seen someone draw that fast!"
[ok, we're back into Fallingwater, but I suppose you could take the same scene for Midway Gardens, or the Arch Obeler cottage, or any # of others.]
Anonymous wrote: Or sitting around the hookah in Baghdad with whoever was in charge back in the days when he was working on the plans for that city...
If directed by Oliver Stone, Wright's visit to Baghdad would be a cover for some sort of proto-CIA operation that ends up putting in place an exact plan to bring about both Gulf/Iraq Wars decades later.