The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

2011, 83 mins, colour, American film with Hungarian subtitles
D: Chad Freidrichs

The status of the Pruitt-Igoe housing estate in St Louis, Missouri, as a symbol of everything wrong with modernist building practices graduated very quickly from analysis to aphorism. As a fable, it’s a transparent oversimplification. Enter The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, if not to rehabilitate, at least to complicate the narratives that surround the housing project. At the film?s historical centre is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.

30th March, 17:00

Interview with director Chad Freidrichs about the film: