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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History
January 14, 2011 10:33 PM   Subscribe

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History
Premiering February 11th, a documentary film about Pruitt-Igoe – perhaps the most infamous and contentious urban failure in living memory. The buildings' violent implosions were famously cited as the moment marking "The Death of Modernist Architecture". But this real failure quickly took on mythical characteristics; its complex history reduced to bullet points. The real lesson, the film argues, is about the profound ways the American City changed in the 20th century.

HD Film Trailers: YouTubeVimeo

The film is co-premiering at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana [Pruitt-Igoe Myth page at BSDFF] and at Oxford FF in Oxford, Mississippi [Pruitt-Igoe Myth page at Oxford FF] February 11th-12th. Any and all MeFites who would like to come are very welcome... come find me and say "hi" if you're in Oxford.

Social media info (if you're into that sort of thing): Facebook, Twitter, Flickr.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Sounds interesting... would totally watch this if you got it on netflix streaming someday...
posted by ph00dz at 9:09 AM on January 15, 2011


(The film was three+ years in the making, and AskMe helped in several instances; see questions: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, which each helped me frame or guide some specific piece of research. Thanks, all, for that.)
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 10:11 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah I saw this on archinect the other day, and thought it was a brilliant idea. Architecture/Urbanism needs many more in-depth investigations and less passed down gossip. Just wanted to say good luck with the premiere and all. Hopefully I can catch it once its on dvd.
posted by tmthyrss at 3:31 PM on January 16, 2011


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