The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012)
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The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.
Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.
Using archival footage and interviews with former residents, Freidrichs adds human dimension and historical context to what is often viewed in simple terms as a misguided blip.
This history is too recent to seem dry, and the film gets an added emotional punch from interviews with former tenants, whose memories mix fondness with anger and loss.
Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.
A thought-provoking, cinematic picking of the bones of the scattered exoskeleton of a once-promising 'poor man's penthouse.'
The drugs, fear and violence cannot be shown but are palpable in the speakers' memories.
I quibble about facts emphasized or omitted, [but] the memorable images, valuable personal testimonies and... huge empty lot should help frame a discussion [on] urban policy.
Deeply impressive and disturbing exposé of what went terribly wrong with one hopeful post-War American housing experience.
The film ends on a note of courage, and a call-to-action that we "remember," naturally, but we can't completely buy it: What Freidrichs has accomplished is a portrait of unknowability.
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