American Experience: The Golden Gate Bridge

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The fascinating tale of the structure often called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World" comes to the screen in a documentary that originally aired as part of PBS's American Experience series. Before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, harried hustler and energetic self-promoter Joseph Strauss had never designed or even overseen the construction of such a structure, though after 13 years of political red tape and damaging lawsuits, it was finally time to break ground and put his comprehensive ...
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The fascinating tale of the structure often called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World" comes to the screen in a documentary that originally aired as part of PBS's American Experience series. Before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, harried hustler and energetic self-promoter Joseph Strauss had never designed or even overseen the construction of such a structure, though after 13 years of political red tape and damaging lawsuits, it was finally time to break ground and put his comprehensive plans to the ultimate test. Thanks to a dedicated crew of designers and construction workers, Strauss was finally able to realize his lifelong dream of constructing one of the most massive suspension bridges ever conceived.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • UPC: 841887002875
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Ogden Stiers Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ben Loeterman Director, Screenwriter
Laura Longsworth Director
Michael Chin Cinematographer
Brian Keane Score Composer
James Rutenbeck Editor
Katha Seidman Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Golden Gate Bridge
1. A Fusion of Perfections [4:00]
2. The Visionary [5:52]
3. Obstacles [10:47]
4. A Spectacular Design [5:39]
5. Bonds and Bridgemen [8:54]
6. Towers and Cables [8:20]
7. The Accident [5:05]
8. Opening Day [4:14]
9. Credits [2:00]
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Disc #1 -- Golden Gate Bridge
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great documentary!

    The Golden Gate Bridge was a personal project done by an ambitious and visional man named Joseph Strauss. He brought the Golden Gate Bridge’s blue prints to the City of San Francisco’s civil engineer Michael O’Shaunessey. The idea consisted of building a commuter bridge from the Presidio in San Francisco to Sausalito in Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge’s blue prints were moving around from the engineering department, mayor’s office and the city supervisors’ office for eighteen months. A.G. Giannini was a financial banker and founder of Bank of America who helped financed the rest of the funding to build the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a building named after Mr. Giannini located in the financial district on Kearney Street in San Francisco. There were welders, painters, steel builders employed by the financiers to build the Golden Gate Bridge during the great depression. It took four years to build one of the great man-made industrial wonders of the world. There were three major inventions, which took place during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Joseph Strauss was the first man to introduce the hard hat to be used for construction personnel. Secondly, the safety belt and net were used to protect the painters and welders. They were a must! Thirdly, the Roebling Cable Company delivered strong steel cables to maintain the stability of the Golden Gate Bridge towers. John Roebling who designed the tower cables for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Charles Ellis was a major influential person in the Golden Gate Bridge project. He was the structural engineer from Chicago, Illinois. He was a good friend to Joseph Strauss. He provided calculations of the Golden Gate Bridge’s towers. Mr. Ellis named was not engraved as one of the contributors of the Golden Gate Bridge project. The City of San Francisco named a street after Mr. Ellis in the Union Square District. Golden Gate Bridge was opened to a large crowd on May 27th, 1937.

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