|The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
A film by Chad Freidrichs
83 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2011
It began as a housing marvel. 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.
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"Shattering." - The New York Times
"Devastating...an engulfing real-life horror story. Stings with an electric poignancy."
"Superb! An uncommonly artful example of cinematic journalism." - Variety
" Revisits one of our nation's darkest hours and emerges with a scrupulous, revelatory consideration...a heartbreaking alarm call for a society that desperately needs to learn from its worst mistakes." - Time Out New York
"An intelligent meditation on the decline of American cities." - Art Forum
"Captivating and visually compelling." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Powerful...carries a visceral punch!" - The Economist
"Riveting!" - Village Voice
"A deeply impressive and disturbing exposé." - Film Journal
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● Bonus Film: More Than One Thing (Dir. Steve Carver; 30 min; 1969)