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Monument to the Dream (1967)

| Documentary, Short
Soaring above the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch stands today as the nation's tallest arch and national monument. "... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Soaring above the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch stands today as the nation's tallest arch and national monument. "Monument to the Dream", at unnerving heights, traces the adventures of the Arch's evolution, from the early concepts on the drawing board to the fabrication of its stainless steel sections, and the triumphant placement, in a race against the sun, of its final section in the fall of 1965. Through the words of the master architect Eero Saarinen, and the ambient chorus of mallets beating metal sheets into graceful curves, the film reveals the innovative structural techniques and the brilliant design of this avant-garde monument, presenting one of this century's greatest civil engineering achievements as a metaphor for the struggle to win the West. This film went on to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short in 1967. "It is one of the most beautiful films of its kind I have ever seen.... Written by Guggenheim Productions, Inc.

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excellent documentary
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Arch itself as a part of the tour package you get when you visit. St. Louis was a great experience, but the arch is just magnificent. This film takes you through the entire construction of the arch- an arduous three year process in which amazingly, no one lost their lives. It is nothing short of breathtaking how these men achieved the perfection needed for the successful completion of the monument. The movie, made in 1967 had a wonderful, old-school feel to it: Kind of reminded me of the old reel to reel movies you'd watch in History class as a kid, with the bold narration and music. I just loved this film.


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