How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (2012)
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A portrait of one of the world's premier architects, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? follows Norman Foster's unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. By investigating his origins to how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the world's largest building to its tallest bridge, Foster offers some striking solutions to humanity's increasing demand on urban centers. -- (C) First Run
Jan 25, 2012 Limited
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Whether contemplating his own sensibility or challenging himself in cross-country ski marathons, the 76-year-old architect appears here as a man who stands heavy upon the planet.
A film that at times seems ready to levitate from the screen on puffy clouds of praise.
A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight...
It's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.
A mildly engaging introduction to the architectural work of Norman Foster, but it barely scratches the surface.
Audiences who embrace high-quality, smartly produced documentaries about compelling and worthy subjects will get their money's worth.
From inspiring bio. . .travels around the world for stunning views of his buildings and structures until collapsing into a promotional video for his global firm.
Unusually successful in synchronizing the ethos and oeuvre of its protagonist with its own visual strategies and rhythms.
Renowned architect Norman Foster has created some of the world's most iconic buildings, and this documentary explores the ideas that link them. Although it only barely scratches the surface of his talent and skill.
There are no dissenting voices to be heard in Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas' movie, but then it's easy to admire Foster...
Foster is an eloquent speaker with a touch of Lancashire in his voice, a likable man, who uses a sketch pad as a way of thinking, and we get to see stunningly photographed images of his work...
Although its uncritical tone makes it look occasionally like a promotional video, it's clear that there is a lot to hero-worship.
Like reading a glossy fashion magazine, lovely to look at but utterly unmemorable.
Foster is a fascinating subject, but his achievement should be scrutinised much more rigorously than this.
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