The Bridge

The Bridge

Streaming Video - 2006
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The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure, a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom - and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe. Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts. In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of incredibly frank, deeply personal, often heart-wrenching interviews with the families and friends of the departed, as well as with several of the attempters themselves.The Bridge is a visual and visceral journey into one of life's gravest taboos, offering glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2006
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 95 min.)) : sd., col

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akirakato
Jan 18, 2017

This is a 94-minute documentary about suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge produced in 2007.
In 2004 alone, 24 people jumped to their deaths from the bridge.
Three bodies have never been recovered.
Other people tried to jump but, fortunately or unfortunetely, intervened by somebody else who happended to walk by.
Miraculously, one of those jumpers has survived the fall and talks to you about his feelings before and after.
We all experience moments of despair.
For most of us, the sun comes out, and then tomorrow is another day, and our days continue as usual.
Some people, however, chose the bridge.
More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.
This is a profoundly thought-provoking documentary.

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jcurran006
May 18, 2016

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readinJC
May 13, 2016

Compelling film on a topic that needs more attention. Suicide transfers the pain of the dead to the survivors.

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Nursebob
Jan 16, 2015

Eric Steel’s controversial documentary on those who choose to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge poses an ethical dilemma which I find impossible to resolve. He spent months filming the bridge in order to capture footage of actual jumpers, then interviewed some of their family and friends afterwards. Is this artistic expression or simply cold exploitation, good intentions or not? The video clips are definitely gut wrenching and the subsequent interviews are tactfully done. Steel allows his subjects to speak without hindrance, the result is a heartfelt testament to the memory of those that died....but was it necessary to show the fatal leaps themselves? Watching these troubled people in their last moments of life certainly added to the film’s impact. It’s the question of whether or not “dramatic impact” is sufficient justification that troubles me. There seems to be no higher purpose to this film other than documenting a year’s worth of suicides. Then, as if to add some artistic integrity to the proceedings, Steel intercuts the various stories with time-lapsed images of the bridge shrouded in fog. The result is a false romanticism that is cheap and repetitive. As a journalistic endeavour it has its moments, I’ll even accept Steel’s claim that he tried to intervene whenever he could, but there remains a morbidly voyeuristic component to this documentary that I find unsettling.

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gerrygibeault
Apr 03, 2014

This is a powerful film about the 24 people who ended their lives by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in 2004. The families and friends talk about these individuals and the challenges they faced with depression, mental illness, and drug abuse. Well worth watching.

bookmaster5000 Dec 16, 2009

This is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge and the fact that suicide by jumping is not a rare occurrence. With beautiful photography the bridge comes alive while people contemplate taking theirs. The photographers documented the year of 2004 filming continuously day and night. They follow the stories of some of the people who took their lives. They also talk with a survivor who jumped in 2000, who knew he had made a mistake as soon as his hands left the railing. They also filmed one person dragging another back to safety. This is a sad but interesting film that gives a glimpse into the lives of those that are now gone. This film is not for the faint of heart. Staff picks 2008

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