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Brooklyn Bridge is a documentary film on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge.[2] It was produced by Ken Burns, Roger Sherman, Buddy Squires, and Amy Stechler in 1981. The film included interviews with personalities such as New York Times architectural critic Paul Goldberger and writer Arthur Miller plus film clips featuring Bugs Bunny (Bowery Bugs) and Frank Sinatra. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[3] It was narrated by historian David McCullough who wrote the book the film was based on.[4][5]

Brooklyn Bridge
Directed byKen Burns
Produced byKen Burns [1]
Roger Sherman
Buddy Squires
Amy Stechler
Written byAmy Stechler
Narrated byDavid McCullough
CinematographyKen Burns
Buddy Squires
Edited byAmy Stechler
Release date
November 8, 1981 (1981-11-08)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was rebroadcast nationally twice: on January 29, 1992, preceding the then-new documentary from Burns, Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio,[6] and on October 21, 2002, as part of Ken Burns: America's Stories.[7]


  1. ^ Documentary Winners: 1982 Oscars
  2. ^ Brooklyn Bridge-WTTW
  3. ^ "NY Times: Brooklyn Bridge". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  4. ^ "Burns, Ken; U.S. Documentary Film Maker". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Burns, Ken. "Why I Decided to Make Brooklyn Bridge". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Goodman, Walter (January 29, 1992). "Review/Television: The Box Spouting Those Voices". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "PBS Launches "Ken Burns American Stories," New Weekly Series Featuring Burns's Documentaries with Commentary by the Director, Premiering September 30". June 24, 2002. Retrieved May 2, 2018.

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