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Close shots of a railway train underway: track racing underneath, steam escaping, cars coupling, gears ratchetting, signals changing. The train reaches a lift bridge which must rise to ... See full summary »

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Close shots of a railway train underway: track racing underneath, steam escaping, cars coupling, gears ratchetting, signals changing. The train reaches a lift bridge which must rise to allow a merchantman to pass below... Bridge section and counterweight move choreographically. The balletic motion of beam relative to girder creates an elegant, abstract expression of the precision of technology... The lift operator sets the bridge to the correct height then returns it to the original position. The train carries on its way, passing prosaically over the ship canal. Written by David Carless

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The bridge is in Rotterdam, and is still there. It was given the status of monument after this Joris Ivens film became a success. See more »

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Dramatic documentary
16 June 2009 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This impressive film was made the year after the titular bridge (at Rotterdam port) was built. The technical marvel (it could lift up to let ships pass, or down so trains could pass it) is presented with quite some drama. The public-domain version at archive.org has no sound at all, so you can fully concentrate on the visuals (many detail and distance shots of the bridge, the train, the bridge operator, even the camera which wasn't hand-cranked.. I suppose it was clockwork-driven).

A strong, dramatic documentary which somehow gives a soul to the giant contraption of steel and heavy concrete counterweights. Very lovely and fascinating, and much more focused than "Regen" by the same director.

PS: As a Dutch friend told me, the bridge is kept as monument, but fixed in "up" position. Trains now take a tunnel.

PPS: technical marvel yes, but a similar bridge can be seen in "The Hazards of Helen" #26 from 1912 :)


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