VIFF Film Review Gateways to New York (2019)

Gateways To New York

I’ve always been fascinated by architecture and design. Last year, I took a History of Technology course at SFU and the final weeks of lecture focused on transportation, including the construction of highways and bridges. So when I saw the trailer for Gateways to New York, I knew I had to see it.

This documentary is a warm and touching account of Othmar Ammann, a Swiss civil engineer who designed many of New York’s bridges. Ammann was known for giving his work meticulous attention like a watch maker.

After a disagreement with his mentor over the proposed Husdon River bridge, he quit his job to start his own company and designed the George Washington bridge, which was the longest bridge in the world in the late 1920’s and joined Manhattan to New Jersey. This bridge was seen as a great example and “a wonderful break through that set the standard for the next 50 years of bridges”.

This documentary is totally fascinating and mesmerizing.  Ammann’s career was extraordinary! If you’ve ever been to New York or have it on your bucket list like me or are a history buff, you’ll want to see Gateways to New York.

Screens again Weds Oct 9 6pm at Vancity theatre.

The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival on now – Oct 11, 2019

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