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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 26, 2015
Exhilarating.
lesleyanorton
Super Reviewer
½ June 18, 2011
Documentary about Norman Foster and his monolithic buildings, marred by obsequious narrator.
December 28, 2012
This is a wonderful documentary about the British Architect Norman Foster. His work is breathtaking. It is hard to imagine anyone being able to design so many spectacular buildings. The cinematography is stunning. The film is an art-within-art gem.
October 23, 2012
I will work much harder tomorrow!!!!
October 21, 2012
Watching this, I cannot stop to think how ‚??piss weak‚?? the remainder of the modern architectural world is in comparison. Independent of your likes and dislikes Foster‚??s projects, they are all exceptionally memorable.

The title of this movie was a little ‚??off-putting‚??/awkward to me, but it is an excerpt from a conversation between Buckminster Fuller and Foster. Foster‚??s pragmatic approach to Fuller‚??s design concepts bring them to the world in a beautiful fashion. Like Fuller, Foster‚??s projects are not limited to the standard architectural schema.

The flow of the movie is somewhat mysterious (an allegory of his life) and prompted me to watch it twice. I had seen most of Foster work, as has anyone who watches the history channel, but never strung it together as the works flowing from one man. The second time watching it I wished many of the shots were longer and more detailed.

Chronicling his early career, the most interesting facet was that he needed to take his work on the world stage to be able to be a success in his home of Great Britain.
½ October 9, 2012
Visually appealing but fails on its narrative ... You end up wondering ' what's the story? '
½ August 1, 2012
While it lacks a particularly direct focus, and at times sounds as a generic architecture textbook, this film does a billiant job and appropriately artistic job of honor the artisism and brilliance of Norman Foster.
September 27, 2012
A very good Documentary with amazing architecture. Beautiful photography and insightful interviews Foster and others. But the endlessly somber music score was slightly annoying. All in all well worth watching , check it out !
August 27, 2012
Interesting documentary about one man's vision of architectural design that is not only nice to look at, but also addresses environmental issues. Norman Foster grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but that didn't stop his imagination and interest in airplanes that informed his dreams. Another story about a man living his bliss. If you are interested in art and architecture, this one is for you!
½ August 15, 2012
Lots of ravishing architectural photography and video of Foster's undoubtedly striking designs around the world. But make no mistake, this is hagiography not documentary, By the time one has seen Foster cross-country skiing, piloting his own airplane, and patting himself on the back for his Reichstag redesign one really wants to hate him a little.
August 12, 2012
Ethan's rating. My rating = good to nap through.
April 9, 2012
stunning.everything-from the story,to the soundtrack
January 19, 2012
Seriously, on the title alone.
August 21, 2011
I had no idea one gentleman was responsible for so much astonishing beauty. The commentary is a little sycophantic, but worth sitting through for some stunning footage, both original and archival.
½ August 1, 2011
This film is a love story to one man's vision of architecture, and while I agree that Foster has produced brilliant and innovative buildings that will stand the test of time, surely a depiction of a career of such stature could have benefited from at least a few critical voices. He failed to win a few tenders - why? Has he made any duds in his long career? Is he a good employer? These are the sorts of questions a film like this should ask, to avoid being labelled a hagiography. And ultimately viewers don't learn an awful lot from the Foster interviews peppering the film, aside from the fact that he's very creative, very driven and seemingly rather nice. But despite this, it's still a fascinating film, and it's at its very best when gliding, swooping and tracking through Foster's dream buildings that adorn some of the world's greatest cities, because these are truly great works of art.
lesleyanorton
Super Reviewer
½ June 18, 2011
Documentary about Norman Foster and his monolithic buildings, marred by obsequious narrator.
March 29, 2011
we've got a glimpse of the real person behind those familiar architecture like HSBC building, HK airport, etc. in this documentary. Enjoyable albeit too brief.
March 24, 2011
Quite interesting summary of Foster's works. Really don't know Foster never build any high-rise before HSBC building.
January 8, 2011
Every once and a long while there comes a movie that gets your mental juices flowing. You find yourself not wanting to blink so u don't miss the beauty of what's on screen. Awesome documentary about Robert Foster architect extraordinnaire.
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