Historians have already begun comparing the 1990s with the 1920s; both share exorbitant wealth, optimism, and blindness to the coming recession. But take one look at Vizcaya, Miamis architectural gem from the early 20s, and you realize the 1990s fell well short in the opulence category. James Deering spent eight years constructing his Venetian-style estate on Biscayne Bay, paying close attention to every detail. (In 80 years time, will anyone want to visit the Trump Palace?)
That long journey from inspiration to completion is well told in a new documentary film, Vizcaya, screening this Wednesday inside the environs (3251 South Miami Ave., Miami) it rhapsodizes. Narrated by actor and part-time local Andy Garcia, Vizcayarecreates that bygone era and further preserves an essential piece of Miamis history. And in case youre expecting PBS-style fare, dont worry; the film was just nominated for an Emmy. The screening starts at 7 p.m., costs $15, and no advance tickets are available.
Wed., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., 2009