Ken Burns’ America: Brooklyn Bridge (1981)
Directed by Ken Burns
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the true American monuments. Built during the years immediately after the Civil War, the bridge still stands today. Ken Burns earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary for this 1981 film. This movie was part of his series Ken Burns’ America.
This movie is a powerful history of the politics, engineering, and pure physical force needed to build a bridge that would last for generations to come. Burns uses his signature style to present an incredible array of history accented with great visuals. The film looks at the history of New York and Brooklyn prior to the bridge construction and the man whose idea started the project. In addition to the people behind the work, the film also looks at the technology developed specifically for this monumental project. Every detail seems to come together nicely, painting a wonderful picture of the times, the work, and the people involved.
Like all of the Ken Burns films, I am a huge fan of this one. The history is fascinating and powerful. If you’re a fan of his other documentaries you should check this one out. I give this film 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Running Time: 58 minutes