Mark Twain - A Film Directed by Ken Burns
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~Mark Twain~ took almost three years to produce, which includes hundreds of photographs, actual film footage of the man at home, informed interviews with Twain scholars and writers that give us keen insights into his life and work. What this film shows is that not only is his literature extraordinary, but his life as well. And this life is told mainly through the words of the man himself. Twain lived a dual persona, the man and the celebrity.Read more ›
I have always known PBS to do a wonderful job with their specials, and I have admired Ken Burns since the day I first discovered his work on the women's movement i.e. the Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton story (highly recommended as well!)...but in their retelling of Mark Twain's life, these two forces have outdone themselves.
From now on I will always think of Samuel Clemens as an intrinsic part of what we call Americana. Forget baseball and apple pie, Twain and his writings are (or should be) the true American pastime.
I have watched many biographies of American authors but none come close to this, NONE. My favorite author of all time is F. Scott Fitzgerald and not one of his many audio visual biographies can touch the completeness and depth that has been carefully devoted here to Twain. In the 3+ hours of this presentation I laughed outloud, and was moved to tears, outraged, entertained, and educated by this telling of Twain's life. There is no way it could be better or more complete and I defy any lover of Twain, or literature in general, to feel differently.
Go to your local library and borrow it first, once you see it, you will insist upon owning it...truly.
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This was good enough that after checking it out and viewing it from the library, I decided I wanted a copy of my own. Like many Ken Burns pieces, it tends to be moody. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Explorer
It was a great story of Mark Twain--from his beginning to his endPublished 2 months ago by jackie bowles
same movie as in Hannibal home...didn't have time to watch it there....so bought it....they were out of them to sell....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The subject area of Ken Burns’s documentaries appeals to an audience which tends to be disproportionately old. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Whitney
Ken Burns did a excellent job on this film. Mark Twain was a remarkable man. I own multiple copies and have given this DVD as gift. I highly recommend. Get to know Mark Twain.Published 6 months ago by Rich