9.04.2007

"The Bridge"



I just finished the documentary called "The Bridge."

I think I'm kind of disturbed by it - but for reasons different than I expected. Basically, the director rolls tape on the Golden Gate bridge for a year and catches footage of several people leaping off. (90% of the film consists of interviews with friends and family members of the dead.) It was so disturbingly riveting to see people (up close - thanks to a high zoom lens) pace up and down the bridge before going over the rail onto another platform and then leaping over the edge.

But after a while I was kind of caught up with the ethics of the whole movie. Cops and emergency personnel are always nearby because it is apparently the suicide capital of the country. (We see the cops talk at least two people off the ledge.) So the camera man watches a guy climb over the rail and sit there for 15 minutes and they don't call anyone to help the despondent guy before he jumps? Time and time again? They're more interested in getting the footage?

Dark.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are just doing their job - documenting reality. Get over it, Barry. Reality (life) sucks, then you die.

Anonymous said...

The camera man is totally insensitive, trying to push over the publicity edge and likely
would think differently if this were a relative of theirs. It should be against the law (?) for such people to infringe upon another's obvious suffering to the point of suicide.

Of course the camera man was more interested in footage. And aren't we more interested the "darkness" of this?

Who is sick here?

Condoleesa said...

What if the people didn't want help?

Why do we not have a right to determine whether or not we want to die?

I honestly believe if you really want to die, you will find a way. Therapy and etc be damned. There are certainly worse things than death.

On the other hand, it is selfish and it hurts the people left behind in most cases. I still think it ultimately be our own decision and our right.

Many people make a suicidal gesture to get attention. Giving them attention is just reinforcing the behavior. Ignore them and they will ask for help or they didn't really want it. Most don't have the guts to do it if it is just for attention. Those in that category that do, do it by accident.

Boy, this ought to start a flame war.

TXsharon said...

Are you sure the camera was always manned? Maybe it was on auto or something.

Holy crap! I can't comprehend someone so cold as to just keep the film rolling... Sh*t! Disturbing.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever considered that this just might be God's Plan?

Pseudonym said...

anon 9:25, holy shithouse mouse! don't bring God's plan back into this....I've barely recovered fromt the Jerry Lewis posts

Anonymous said...

Yes we are sure the camera was manned at all times, except when he had to go pee. What f***ing difference does it make?

Anonymous said...

Condolessa, perhaps this "flame war" you mention should be pursued more.

As a person who has personally experienced the pain of the suicide of a family member, I have come to understand that people who do have that in mind won't be stopped. Sometimes they will try it several times before getting it done.

They die, but the fallout for the family members is horrific. If "The Bridge" can open up people to the pain of suicide, then the documentary will be worth it.

There is another documentary out there (can't remember the name) that exposes pedophiles within the Catholic church. It should be seen by every person. If we don't have folks who present these graphic depictions of some of the horrors of society, we will continue wandering around in ignorance.

Thanks for your post.

TXsharon said...

Pseudonym: I didn't click on the Jerry Lewis post and now I'm so glad. Must have been divinity watching over me.

Anon 11:03 Reading comprehension deficit? Maybe if you read Barry's post again, real slow like, you'll figure it out.

Anonymous said...

I just set up a Web Cam at the 380 Bridge in RAB, good stuff!!!

Anonymous said...

Sheehan, Thanks for the advice. I went back and read it real slow and still came up with the same conclusion. That pingin sound you hear is a BB rolling around in your cranium.

Anonymous said...

Suicide is just natures way of weeding out the weak so they won't have to be delt with in clinics,Walmarts and Thanksgiving.

TXsharon said...

Anon 8:51 Check your hearing. 'Tis your head in which the bb rattles and not mine.

Think Frustrated said...

I think that it's our civic duty to try to prevent that situation, if we see it happening. However, it's true that if they want to die, they will find a way, but maybe they just need help, and they've hit rock bottom, which is the best place to start going up from. It's very odd that this movie was allowed to show that footage of people ending their lives.

Anonymous said...

I have to go pee but the camera is rolling so jump.

mzchief said...

I would imagine MOST people would lend assistance to a random epileptic having a seizure in public. Seizures are a symptom of abnormal brain function. FREQUENTLY, people who commit suicide are suffering from depression. Depression is an illness usually due to an imbalance in the brain's chemistry resulting in abnormal brain function.

It is reprehensible for ANYONE who can provide assistance to fail to grant assistance to an ill person who is suffering from a symptom that could result in their death.

Anonymous said...

Vader made me laugh. So did the rolling BB.

Annie Jokely said...

gee thanks Barry. Now I have David Lee Roth droning on and on in my head..... might as well jump. JUMP! go ahead and jump.

Denney Crane said...

Sometimes, just one person showing care and compassion can make a difference...

To say it is my civic duty to stop and render care and compassion is like saying, "Dude, don't jump, you might hurt some fish, take these pills so you don't make a mess.".

Care and compassion; it's found in the heart, not the heartless.

Anonymous said...

doofus crank aka denney crane, I don't think anyone said anything about it being a civic duty to help another person. The point was made that helping someone who's having a medical crisis is decent and humane. You did manage to get in your greeting card message.

TXsharon said...

Anon 7:23 Wild Maniacal Laughter

Thank you

Denney Crane said...

7:23 PM doofus crank psuey

Take both hands, place them squarely on your ears and pull your head out your arse, then read Think Frustrated's 9:25 AM post, it mentions "civic duty"; contrary to what you think...

Furthermore, commiting or trying to commit suicide is more that a "medical crisis"; don't you think? Scratch that last part, we already know your answer.

Lastly, you use the words decent and humane like you mean them... it's hard to tell it by your post...

DC

PS. Sharon, I like your new pic.