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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview current notables who describe the effects that the Brooklyn Bridge has had upon New York society and beyond. Written by Rush Wickes <rushwickes@usa.net>

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Features a group of children from the City & Country School, a famous progressive K-8 school in New York City, building a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. The City & Country School clip was shot in 1978. See more »

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Edited from Way Out West (1937) See more »

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Shows the growth of Ken Burns and his documentaries
24 December 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

When this film delves into the history of and construction of the "East River Bridge" or what is now known as the Brooklyn Bridge, the film is masterfully constructed and endlessly fascinating. However, when Mr. Burns tries to romanticize the bridge in the present day (1981 when this film was shot), it becomes a mess, at the same time pedantic and preachy. I would highly recommend the first half of this film to anyone interested in historical documentary filmmaking, NYC history or architectural history, but the second half could be skipped by anyone save an Oscar completist (this film was nominated for best documentary feature in 1982) or the most hard core of Mr. Burns' fans.


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