The Bridge

The Bridge

DVD - 2007 | Widescreen
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"In 2004, 24 people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge. More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world."--End titles. What makes the suicides at the bridge so unusual is that they take place in broad daylight, in front of people in a busy place - unlike most suicides, which are enacted in extreme privacy. Filmmaker Eric Steel and his crew spent 2004 filming the bridge during daylight hours from two locations, grappling with the ethical question of when to alert authorities, and their responsibilities as observers. The film features interviews with the families and friends of some of the victims that year, as well as one person who changed his mind. Offering a glimpse into one of the darkest, most impenetrable corners of the human mind, the film also interrogates society's ability to blithely ignore the grim realities of depression, mental illness, and drug abuse that underly so many suicides. These are only some of the factors discussed by the film, common to the twenty four people who died at the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004, who are now linked together forever by a 4 second fall in an otherwise magically, mysteriously beautiful place.
Publisher: [United States] : Easy There Tiger, Inc. ; Port Washington, NY : Distributed by Koch Lorber Films, c2007
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781417201389
Branch Call Number: DVD 616.85844 BRIDGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 31, 2018

Good documentary, but very sad and tragic.

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.

May 18, 2016

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May 13, 2016

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

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.

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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Feb 15, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Disturbing content involving suicide.


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Jan 31, 2018

Witness: [after witnessing a suicide] When I talked to the highway patrolman, I asked him "Is this a rare occurrence or does this happen a lot?" And he looked and me and he sort of smiled and he said, "It happens all the time."


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