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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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Shelby Storck
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Paul Richards ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Very good documentary about the Arch
2 April 2006 | by bull-51See all my reviews

I first saw this film at the arch itself. Liked it so much I bought the VHS (this was a few years ago, I'll bet they have DVD's now). Well made, insightful and well-narrated, it shows the arch going up and all the problems attendant to it. There are lots of shots of hard-hatted workmen and their construction equipment, along with incisive commentary by an old-school announcer. There's a bit of real cinematography here too... the sun rising and setting on any given work day. No wonder this was nominated for an Oscar (but didn't win the award that year). I liked the pace, the style and the overall quality of this "better-than-average" doc on civil engineering. If you have the chance to see it in St Louis or via DVD, check this one out. Nice and very watchable, in a classic and old-fashioned way.


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USA

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English

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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