Ken Burns, maker of the excellent documentary series The Wild West and The Civil War, takes us into the world of one of America's and probably the world's foremost architects of this century. It is an astonishing piece of historical documentary-making and a tribute to that most flamboyant, egotistical and brilliant monolith, Frank Lloyd Wright.
The story is engrossingly told from Wright's childhood up to his crowning glory, the building of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Burns doesn't go in for flashy cinematic tricks, he lets the archive material (newspaper acounts, letters, faded photographs, black and white television interviews), and, of course, Lloyd Wright's buildings, each magnificent in their own way, tell the story.
For all his faults - extreme arrogance, economy with the truth and failings toward his family - one can't help sharing the documentary's sense of awe at Wright's achievements by the time the credits role.