LONDON BRIDGE
(Short excerpt)

“Sternfeld’s London Bridge (2016) was filmed at Lake Havasu in Arizona. Built in 1831, London Bridge originally spanned the River Thames in London, England before it was sold to Lake Havasu City founder and entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch in 1968. After its sale, the bridge was dismantled, shipped overseas and rebuilt at Lake Havasu, where it is now a tourist destination. Sternfeld’s film features a gondolier dressed in traditional garb, rowing a gondola through the waters around the bridge while serenading onlookers with Italian arias. The gondola and gondolier, archetypal symbols of old world romanticism often featured in 18th century Venetian vedute, are in stark contrast to present-day spring-break life at Lake Havasu – dominated by loud motorboats and raucous groups of bikini-clad youths drinking and dancing to thumping house music.  In this globalized mash-up of sensibilities, Sternfeld evokes beauty and terror.” Hall Art Foundation, Reading,Vermont




TEAM


DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Joel Sternfeld

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Traub

SOUND: José Araujo

RUNNING TIME: 16 minutes 44 seconds

RELEASE: 2016


DISTRIBUTION


joelsternfeld.net