Ken Burns

  • Stephen Ives – Ken Burns – The West (1996)

    1991-2000DocumentaryStephen IvesUSA

    Since its premiere on PBS in September 1996, The West has rightfully assumed its place as a milestone event in television history, and remains the single most ambitious and authoritative audio-visual history of the American West. Spanning centuries but focusing primarily on the period of 1800 to 1915, when America was virtually redefined by westward expansion, this outstanding 12.5-hour film is itself a triumphant effort to redefine Americans’ collective understanding of the West and its impact on national identity. Directed by Stephen Ives and executive produced by Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz), the film follows the theory adopted by previous Ken Burns productions–namely, that “history is biography”–and unfolds through a wealth of personal anecdote and intimate documentation.Read More »

  • Ken Burns – The Civil War (1990)

    USA1981-1990DocumentaryKen Burns

    This highly acclaimed mini series traces the course of the U.S. Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all the major battles to the death of President Lincoln and the beginnings of Reconstruction. The story is mostly told in the words of the participants themselves, through their diaries, letters, and Visuals are usually still photographs and illustrations of the time, and the soundtrack is likewise made up of war-era tunes played on period instruments. Several modern-day historians offer periodic comment and insight on the war’s causes and events.Read More »

  • Ken Burns – Jazz (2001)

    2001-2010DocumentaryKen BurnsUnited Kingdom

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    A worthy documentary on the first 60 years of jazz with an emphasis on Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and swing.

    1. Gumbo – Beginnings to 1917
    2. The Gift 1917-1924
    3. Our Language 1924-1928
    4. The True Welcome 1929-1935
    5. Swing – Pure Pleasure 1935-1937
    6. Swing – The Velocity of Celebration 1937-1939
    7. Dedicated to Chaos 1940-1945
    8. Risk 1945-1956
    9. The Adventure 1956-1961
    10. A Masterpiece by Midnight 1961-2001Read More »

  • Ken Burns & Lynn Novick – The War (2007)

    USA2001-2010DocumentaryKen BurnsLynn NovickWar

    THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who became caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.Read More »

  • Ken Burns & Lynn Novick – Frank Lloyd Wright [+Extra] (1998)

    1991-2000ArchitectureDocumentaryKen BurnsLynn NovickUSA

    Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career, he designed over eight hundred buildings, including such revolutionary structures as the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple and Taliesin. His buildings and his ideas changed the way we live, work and see the world around us.Read More »

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