Golden Gate: A Movie Icon Turns 75

 

The PBS clip above shows why the Golden Gate Bridge, now 75 years old, is still a marvel to behold. Originally a Depression-era behemoth, the bridge remains in the words of one of the interviewees not only a triumph of engineering but a work of art. Yesterday, an impressive display of fireworks on the bridge celebrated the anniversary. Those who want to hear the fascinating story behind the construction should watch the clip.

 

Since this is primarily a movie and TV blog, we should acknowledge a debt of gratitude. The bridge has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies where it has played a spectacular part. This is where James Bond (Roger Moore) fought Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill (1985). This is where the bridge became a simple tool in the hands of Magneto (Ian McKellen) in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). It was a refuge for a green giant in Hulk (2003) and came under attack by intelligent simians in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Oh yes. It needs to be preserved for future adventures.

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