How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
Director: Carlos Carcas and Norberto López Amado
Year Released: 2010
Glowing, cursory documentary about famed British architect Norman Foster, his humble beginnings and his emergence as one of the most important (and successful) artists in his field. Many of the shots of his buildings (including the Gherkin, his renovation of the Reichstag in Berlin, the HSBC Building in Hong Kong) are downright gorgeous - it is a handsomely shot little picture - and it gives a slight peek into his designing process, though any possible criticism (and with Foster's fame, criticism is inevitable) is quickly shot down and explained away (or ignored). I understand that with Foster's participation it's not going to be an even-handed presentation - and the voice-over, speaking of Foster in the third person, is overwrought - but I basically expect documentaries to not be entirely fawning ideation: it's always good to have balanced points-of-view in there. At least it shows Foster's physical determination: he still skis cross-country in his 70's (!) even after battling cancer (!!).