The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History
The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012)

Filmmaker Chad Freidrichs attempts to dispel the myths surrounding St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe housing project by examining the rise and fall of the once-promising development within a historical context. Constructed in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe… More

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Release Date: May 23, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" doesn't offer easy conclusions.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

Urban decay finds home in Pruitt-Igoe

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.

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Mark Jenkins
NPR

In some ways, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is more elegy than analysis.

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Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Captivating, engrossing and enraging.

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Walter M.
History is often much more complex than originally presented. That is especially true with the heartbreaking documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" about… More