The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

2011, 79 min.

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe public-housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians, and policymakers. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” explores the social, economic, and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America and traces the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project’s residents. In the process, the film provides important insight into St. Louis’ history, the evolution of the civil-rights movement, and the charged racial climate of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. In an enthusiastic review, Variety notes that the film “combines concise but thoroughgoing sociological-historical analysis and elegant cinematic resources in service of an uncommonly artful example of film journalism.”

Show Times
Saturday, November 12 at 3:00pm
Chad Freidrichs

With director Freidrichs and several of the film’s subjects.

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Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive