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CAN A TRULY GREAT BUILDING OVERCOME THE POLITICS OF ITS DESIGNER?

The recently released Italian film The Family Friend takes as its setting the city of Latina, using its decaying Fascist-era architecture as the backdrop to the actions of a central character who is repulsive, evil and corrupt, yet fascinating enough to hold the viewer's attention. The director, Paolo Sorrentino, who owes a great debt to Fellini, treats architecture in a way that makes most viewers entirely comfortable. Fascism is evil, hence the architecture is tainted, and an appropriate ...

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