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Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

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 ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns

Writer:

Amy Stechler
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Paul Roebling Paul Roebling ... Washington Roebling (voice)
Julie Harris ... Emily Roebling (voice)
Arthur Miller ... Himself
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... (voice)
Richard Pini Richard Pini ... (voice)
Fred Sherry Fred Sherry ... (voice)
Austin Stevens Austin Stevens ... (voice)
Richard Rescia Richard Rescia ... (voice)
David McCullough ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бруклинский мост See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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The film made its national premiere on PBS on 24 May 1982 - the 99th anniversary of the bridge's opening. See more »

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Edited from Bowery Bugs (1949) See more »

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Shows the growth of Ken Burns and his documentaries
24 December 2002 | by movieman-187See 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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