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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
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Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, 'the poor man's penthouse.' Two decades later, it ended in rubble, its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called the death of modernism. The footage and images of its implosion have helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.
Title: The Pruitt-Igoe myth
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Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a film by Chad Freidrichs ; director, Chad Freidrichs ; producers, Brian Woodman ... [et al.] ; screenwriters, Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs
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Summary: Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, 'the poor man's penthouse.' Two decades later, it ended in rubble, its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called the death of modernism. The footage and images of its implosion have helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.
Awards & Distinctions: Official Selection, Full Frame Film Festival ; Official Selection, True/False Film Festival ; Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival ; Official Selection, Silverdocs Documentary Festival
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.50977866 PRUITTIGO
Credits: Composer, Benjamin Balcom.
System Details: DVD ; NTSC
Subject Headings: Low-income housing Government policy Missouri Saint Louis History Public housing Missouri Saint Louis History Pruitt-Igoe (Housing project : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Topical Term: Low-income housing
Public housing
Publisher No: 91500 First Run Features
915090 First Run Features
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Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, 'the poor man's penthouse.' Two decades later, it ended in rubble, its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called the death of modernism.


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Aug 27, 2014
  • cemakela rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was probably the most important documentary of our time. Globalization is turning our entire planet into a Pruitt-Igoe, and few are doing anything about it.

This film should be required viewing for every child, educator, politician, city planner...in the US and elsewhere. It is a 'what not to do' guide for not only public housing, but for segregation, industrialized agriculture, city planning and much more. It shows us that the people living in Pruitt-Igoe only wanted one thing: to make sure that their children are safe and healthy, that they have shelter, food, simple comforts, and most importantly: community. These are the basic necessities for human beings to thrive. A little respect and common courtesy also go a long, long way.

Nov 10, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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