The first British architect to acquire an international reputation since the eighteenth century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was the leading exponent of the distinctive style known as 'Glasgow Art Nouveau.' He is probably best known for his Glasgow School of Art - it was remarkable that in 1896, when Art Nouveau still made hackles rise, his design should have been accepted - but he was also responsible for several other buildings including private houses and a school. The film examines these projects in detail, and also others that were never realized, such as his proposals for Liverpool Cathedral. Also shown are his posters, furniture, interiors and, notably, Miss Cranston's famous Tea Rooms. Later in his life, when commissions had dried up, Mackintosh turned to painting, and the film concludes with a look at his watercolors.
Director: W Thomson Narration: R Horn Original music: T Wilson: