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 »
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.