The Brooklyn Bridge

Season 1
 (138)
1982TV-G
In Brooklyn Bridge, Ken Burns captures the greatest achievements of the industrial age, the dramatic story of the men who built it, and the immense charm this granite and steel structure has exerted on generations of city dwellers.
Starring
David McCullough
Genres
Special Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Brooklyn Bridge
    May 23 1982
    59min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In Brooklyn Bridge, Ken Burns captures the greatest achievements of the industrial age, the dramatic story of the men who built it, and the immense charm this granite and steel structure has exerted on generations of city dwellers.

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Directors
Ken Burns
Producers
Ken BurnsAmy StechlerBuddy SquiresRoger Sherman
Season year
1982
Network
PBS
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Prime Video (streaming online video)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Great UncleReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
History and poetry
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The Great Bridge in all it's glory. History followed by the powerful effect it had and still has on the imagination. I'm a born New Yorker and I tell anyone, tourist or native that there are two places you must explore; Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal.
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JRReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is history at its best
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Ken Burns weaves ambition, engineering vision and artistic passion into a most engaging documentary about the effort to construct and complete one of the most iconic structures in NYC.
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hubert earl spears, jrReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
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Sacrificial effort by the designers and laborers to help define a great city.
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This is any early Ken Burns documentary and not nearly as long as later multi episode documentaries but just as well done and interesting. What a miraculous feat was the building of this bridge that was the most advanced engineering and architectural accomplishment of its time.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
interesting
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good documentary
B. ChandlerReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ken Burns America Collection - Brooklyn Bridge aka Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (1981)
Told in soundbite mode where no one person tells the story but everyone tells one-liners in bits and pieces in chronological order. This can be a bit annoying.
Presenters and film clips:
Paul Roebling as Washington Roebling(voice)
Julie Harris as Emily Roebling(voice)
Arthur Miller as Self.. the writer of The Crucible
Kurt Vonnegut Jr .. a writer and actor, known for Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Richard Pini .. Actor, Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (voice)
Fred Sherry .. Actor, Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (voice)
Austin Stevens .. Actor, Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (voice)
Richard Rescia .. Actor, Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (voice)
David McCullough as Self - Narrator(voice)
Mel Blanc: Bugs Bunny (clip from 'Bowery Bunny')
Sheelah Feinberg as Self(uncredited) - OpenHouse NYC (TV Series)
Paul Goldberger as Self(uncredited) - Frontline (TV Series documentary)
Oliver Hardy as Self (clip from "Way Out West")
Stan Laurel as Self (clip from "Way Out West”)
Anna Hostvedtas Self(uncredited)
George Raft as Self (clip from "The Bowery")
Lewis Mumford as Self(uncredited)
Adam Schefflan as Self(uncredited)
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Two parts
The first part os concentrating on the building of the bridge. I was interested in the caisson disease (compression sickness) (pain in the joints, a bent forward posture, blindness, and sometimes death) and of course from retro sight wondered why they did not think of decompression chambers?
We get political interference and a substandard steel debacle.
We also set to see what is happening way out west at the time of the building of the bridge.

The second part is the impact the bridge has on people. It may seem like a distraction at first However this is the real reason for the documentary and has some great information including pictures of the bridge from many popular artists.
There are lots of film clips and great background music. The music is one of the characters in the presentation.
“It happened in Brooklyn” with Frank Sinatra and many other famous people. “Tarzan’s New York Adventure”
You will need to wats it over again as it comes to you pretty fast.
The DVD has special features:
Ken Burns: making history
A conversation with Ken Burns
You will want to see more of Ken Burns’ earlier works.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating and well presented
If you are in tune with the way Ken Burns rolls out history, you'll like this one. My husband is retired from a construction company that built bridges, so we were fascinated with the accomplishment of this project using 19th century methods and tools.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't care for it
It was like reading a really silly romance novel.
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