the 'joris ivens' bridge

Thanks to the silent, black & white film The Bridge (1928) by Dutch director Joris Ivens, the vertical lifting bridge over Rotterdam’s Koningshaven acquired world fame at the time. This historic monument, now unemployed, was an example of advanced technology while De Hef also symbolised modern society. “At a certain time, this film managed to give a positive, concrete answer to many vague yet urgent questions. The Bridge was made in an era amidst a movement which undertook the sharpest resistance to the murderous drudge of commercial large-scale industry. It became both a battle-cry and confession of faith."

Rotterdam – Province of South-Holland

location contact

local contact
Rotterdam Film Commission
Stationsplein 45, unit BE.041, 3013 AK Rotterdam
Saskia Kagchèl 
+3110 433 2511
website Rotterdam Film Commission
[from Amsterdam Airport/Schiphol]
63,5 km, fastest travel time by car 55 minutes
The bridge on vimeo
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