"Tall: The American Skyscraper & Louis Sullivan" Video by Contemporary Arts Media - Artfilms

“Tall” is a compact history of the American skyscraper, an unassuming (though hardly unambitious) examination of a grand, at times grandiose, subject. Divided into clear, concise chapters and conducted in a style that might be called street-corner Ken Burns, this documentary, directed by Manfred Kirchheimer, is more essay than epic, preferring coherence to comprehensiveness. In looking at a smattering of buildings in two big cities, and focusing on the work of a handful of major architects, Mr. Kirchheimer sketches the skyscraper as a feat of engineering, a work of imagination and part of an ongoing cultural argument.

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