Louis Sullivan
The Struggle for American Architecture

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Aline

Beautiful film. Just enough commentary to tell the story. Many long sequences of camerawork inside and outside his buildings. The viewer is given time to ponder and enjoy.

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Christopher

Fantastic and informative.

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Mark

In his heart, Louis Sullivan wanted to be a poet, so it's no surprise that people around the world have such an emotional reaction to his buildings. When I learned that no one had yet attempted to tell his story on film, although I have never even picked up a camera, I knew I had to do it. ...Read more

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