Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ken Burns' The Civil War (1990)

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The Civil War

Directed By:
Ken Burns

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Summing It Up:
Ken Burns' epic documentary about The Civil War and the key players involved in it.

Quick Thoughts: 

I never really paid much attention in history class back in high school, so I didn't know too much about The Civil War. However, after watching Ken Burns' sprawling 9-part documentary about it, I now have a huge appreciation for the war and those who fought in it.

Now over 20 years old, The Civil War is still highly regarded as the best documentary ever made on the subject, and I would have to agree. With 9 episodes, each ranging from around 60 - 140 minutes in length, it's not a quick watch by any means, but it is definitely worth it; especially now that it's on Netflix Instant. To make it a bit more manageable, I spread it out over a couple weeks' time.

Burns does an amazing job telling the story of the war here, and I never really found myself losing interest while watching. Everything from the cause of the war to the battles and the fallout afterwards is covered, and many pictures, footage and written works from the war are featured. While much of the film is told in narrative, the personal accounts sprinkled throughout, coupled with the images from the time period, really give the whole thing a personal feel, and it helps drive home the tragedies and triumphs that occurred throughout.

To be honest, I don't think that there is any way this documentary could have been better, and I highly recommend it.


5 out of 5

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