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Frank Lloyd Wright Interview Gets New, Animated Life

Even in cartoon form, the architect owns his arrogance.
February 20, 2016, 2:00pm
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When someone told Frank Lloyd Wright that his design for the Guggenheim Museum looked like a washing machine, he told them their opinion was worthless. The museum actually looks more like a parking garage, but Wright is unfortunately no longer with us to tell us we don’t know what we’re talking about. What is with us, however, is an animated video that gives colorful new life to a 1957 interview between the legendary architect and American journalist Mike Wallace.

The video, Frank Lloyd Wright on Arrogance, is the latest in the Blank on Blank animated series, the joint effort of Quoted Studios and PBS Digital Studios that uncovers lost interviews and gives them new life with sweet and silly animations.

In the interview, Wright talks about his disdain for the unplanned architectural nature of Manhattan, his belief in nature over religion, and gives advice to hypothetical students.

The audio is taken from an episode of Wallace’s eponymous TV show, which aired on primetime from 1957 to 1960. The Mike Wallace Interview was characterized by a cutthroat attitude, probing questions, close-ups shots, and lots of cigarette smoke. Besides Wright, notable guests included Aldous Huxley, Salvador Dalí, and Ayn Rand.

In black and white, the original 53-minute interview hits deep subjects like politics and mercy killings. The new animation cuts the conversation down to around five minutes, keeping it relatively light hearted. Watch the whole thing below.

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