First-hand accounts and extensive archival footage bring the struggle to create the world's first suspension bridge to life.


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John Manbeck ...
Himself - Brooklyn Historian
Kristian Roebling ...
Himself - Washington Roebling Descendant
Harlan Saperstein ...


It was an engineering feat of almost miraculous proportions and a design of spectacular elegance. Rare photographs and behind-the-scenes stories recall the politics, the struggles and the tragedies that made possible "the Eighth Wonder of the World. Written by Anonymous

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1 October 1995 (USA)  »

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We see a man falling claiming that he fell from the bridge, but the video was of Franz Reichelt jumping off the Eiffel Tower to show how is home-made parachute worked. See more »

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Good Look at the Making of the Bridge
27 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Modern Marvels: Brooklyn Bridge (1995)

*** (out of 4)

The Brooklyn Bridge is the subject of this entry in the Modern Marvels series. As with most in the series, the documentary works best as an educator and I'm sure those interesting in not only the subject but also bridge building and the history of Manhattan should find it interesting. We start off learning about John Roebling's desire to build something that no one else had tried. We learn about what gave him the idea and then we get into the deadly creation of the bridge, which took years to finish and hundreds of lives. At just 45-minutes you'd be amazed at how much information they were able to cram into this film. Ken Burns 1981 film BROOKLYN BRIDGE gave a great idea of everything going on around the creation while this one here looks more at the technical side of things. One really gets a great idea on what had to be done to get the bridge built and there are some terrific diagrams showing various stages of the job. Throughout the documentary we get interviews with historians on the subject as well as a relative of Roebling's.

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