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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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Documentary | Short

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USA

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English

Filming Locations:

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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My grandfather worked on the elevators
26 January 2007 | by ellenmorganSee all my reviews

I remember watching Arch go up as my grandfather worked on the elevators,I have seen this movie many times (my grandfather is in the movie)and it really captures the feel of the times. The tension felt in St. Louis at the time; the worry that the legs of the Arch wouldn't meet at the top, that the legs wouldn't stretch far enough apart to put the keystone section in, that St. Louis would be a laughingstock. This movie really captures the spirit of the period of construction, the wonder of the engineering, and the pride of the men who worked on the Arch. The story covers the entire period of the building of the Arch, from concept to reality.


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