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Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten '50s Interview Now A Fun Animation

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Blank on Blank, a PBS Digital Studios series that turns lost interviews with big names into fun animated shorts, just released its newest episode spotlighting Frank Lloyd Wright—and it is full of gems.

In the source material, a circa-1957 clip of the TV show The Mike Wallace Interview, Wright was 90 years old and had been living at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, overseeing the construction of the Guggenheim Museum. The video begins with Wright willfully bringing up that the museum had been compared to a washing machine. From this, he didn't miss a beat owning up to the design and defending himself, proclaiming, "I think that any man who really has faith in himself will be dubbed arrogant by his fellows."

As the GIF above might suggest, Wright is wittily arrogant confident throughout the six-minute clip, in which he disses the New York skyline ("It is all a race for rent"), calls 500 years of architecture "phony," and suggests he should rebuild the entire country. It's a fun watch.

Find the transcript, outtakes, and more on Blank on Blank.

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