The Brooklyn Bridge by Ken Burns returns to where it debuted

The Brooklyn Bridge by Ken Burns

The Brooklyn Bridge by Ken Burns returns to where it debuted

Brooklyn Museum | Park Slope

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns returns to the Brooklyn Museum for a screening of his newly restored Academy Award–nominated 1981 documentary The Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 7pm. 

The screening is followed by a discussion with Burns and New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer. The film originally premiered at the Brooklyn Museum, examines the narratives of struggle and triumph behind the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge spans New York's East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Completed in 1883, this iconic structure was the world's longest suspension bridge at the time and was made a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Spanning more than just the river, the Brooklyn Bridge brings together people who have lived near it, used it or worked on it over the years. The bridge was designed by German immigrant John Roebling and built in part by his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily.

The story of the project is a tale of perseverance and innovation to defy the conventional wisdom of the times. Burns pays homage to the family by using John's great-grandson Paul Roebling to read extracts in the role of the architect, with Julie Harris playing Emily. The film is narrated by David McCullough, whose book The Great Bridge provided Burns with his initial inspiration. Modern cinematography, old movie footage and time-lapse photography combine to paint a compelling picture of an enginering masterpiece. Contributors include Arthur Miller and Kurt Vonnegut, who reflect on the bridge's cultural significance.



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