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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
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"Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which the projects resided, while tracing personal and poignant narratives of those who lived in them."--Disc container.
Title: The Pruitt-Igoe myth
[videorecording]
Published: [Columbia, Mo.] : Unicorn Stencil, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: True/False Film Festival.
True/False Film Fest entry, 2011.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
Includes both feature length and shorter television length versions.
Contents: Feature length (83 min.)
TV length (53 min.).
Summary: "Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which the projects resided, while tracing personal and poignant narratives of those who lived in them."--Disc container.
Awards & Distinctions: Oxford Film Festival, 2011, Best documentary.
Local Note: 1 4
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.5097 PRU
Statement of Responsibility: Unicorn Stencil presents in association with The Missouri History Museum ; directed by Chad Freidrichs ; produced by Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs, Paul Fehler, Brian Woodman ; script by Chad & Jaime Freidrichs
Credits: Music by Benjamin Balcom.
Performers: Narrated by Jason Henry ; interviewees, Sylvester Brown, Robert Fishman, Joseph Heathcott, Brian King, Joyce Ladner, Ruby Russell, Valerie Sills, Jacquelyn Williams.
System Details: DVD; NTSC; region free; aspect ratio 16:9; stereo.
Subject Headings: Housing policy Missouri Saint Louis History Video recordings. Low-income housing Government policy Missouri Saint Louis History Video recordings. Public housing Missouri Saint Louis History Video recordings. Pruitt-Igoe (Housing project : Saint Louis, Mo.) History Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films-United States.
Feature films.
Historical films.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: TrueFalse Film Fest film.
Housing policy
Low-income housing
Public housing
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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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