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CRITIC'S CHOICE

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Murray Grigor's past films include a fine one on Carlo Scarpa, and now he has completed a documentary called Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy. Grigor shows how Soane's discoveries on his Grand Tour to Italy - the monuments of Rome and Sicily - influenced his own architecture, and then how that architecture went on to influence another generation, the Americans of the film's title.

So there is an interplay between such buildings as the Soane Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery and works by Johnson, Meier, Stern, and Venturi/Scott Brown. Charles Jencks and Christopher Woodward provide the commentary.

The premiere takes place at London's National Gallery on Saturday 17 September at 4pm. Tickets (£5) should be booked from William Palin at the Soane Museum (tel 020 7440 4246, email wpalin@soane. org. uk). The film also appears on a Checkerboard DVD - details again from Palin.

Opening tomorrow at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool is a show called Rock the Future, which features 'roving robotic cameras', an 'electronic soundscape' and a 'disorientating blue room' - all courtesy of a group of young artists who are supposedly 'at the vanguard of technology in Japan'. The exhibition continues until 30 October (www. fact. co. uk).

Back in London, there's a last chance to see Herzog & de Meuron's big show in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, which ends on 29 August. The practice's next major project, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, has its 'grand opening' on 15 October but a book on it has already been produced - The De Young in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson, £39.95). With a contorted landmark tower which could easily do duty at an airport, the building is another H&deM exercise in creating a seductive skin: in this case, by means of copper panels, some dimpled, some perforated - the latter giving X-ray glimpses of the structure within. There are many beautiful exterior photographs in this book but the rush to publish means the interior gets little attention, and though some galleries look promising (the warm wood Oceanic rooms especially), one cannot say for sure.

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