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American Experience: The Golden Gate Bridge
American Experience The Golden Gate Bridge
Actor: David Ogden Stiers
Directors: Ben Loeterman, Laura Longsworth
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 0min

Studio: Pbs Release Date: 05/04/2009 Run time: 60 minutes

     
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Actor: David Ogden Stiers
Directors: Ben Loeterman, Laura Longsworth
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Art & Artists, Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/04/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A worthy tribute to a marvelous icon
Kyle Tolle | Phoenix, Arizona USA | 09/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"At the time of its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge would be the longest suspension type in the world. Back then and continuing forward to today, it is still one of the most beautiful and beloved bridges ever constructed.

American Experience begins this exploration of the Golden Gate Bridge with a look at the climate of San Francisco in the early 1900's and the eventual reasons for needing a span over the bay to Marin County and surrounding areas.

Even before work had begun, a look at events such as opposition to the construction, turmoil between designers, and the sometimes dubious methods to gain approval from politically connected individuals to begin this venture are detailed here.

In the latter half of the program, and probably the best segments of all in my opinion, are the remarkable accomplishments that went into making this structure. Despite harsh conditions, a dangerous and unforgiving work environment, setbacks and accidents, the bridge was built within the original budget set for it and the loss of life during construction was less than what was expected.

Although this documentary focuses solely on the early history and construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, it remains interesting throughout its duration and it has a good deal of archival video footage that compliments the program well. This is a decent outing from the acclaimed PBS home video series.


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