- Actors: Keith David, Kevin Conway, Blythe Danner, Philip Bosco, Tim Clark
- Directors: Ken Burns
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 2
- Studio: Pbs Home Video
- VHS Release Date: January 8, 2002
- Run Time: 220 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005RJ24
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Mark Twain - A Film Directed by Ken Burns VHS
First, a documentary about the Civil War, where we learned there was nothing civil about it. Then came a deep look into two American art forms--baseball and jazz. Now Ken Burns is on to Samuel Clemens. And if there is one American writer who can do justice to the thorough examination of Mr. Burns's lens, it's Mark Twain. Nearly three years in the making, this effort illuminates the foremost public figure in 19th-century America with archival photographs, interviews with Twain scholars, and Twain's own words. An extraordinary life told in an extraordinary way. Color and b&w. Nearly 4 hours on 2 cassettes or 1 DVD.
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Twain was,more than anything else,a wisecracker.He dealt with the world around him by bringing out its humorous side.However,the picture that emerges from this documentary is a fully rounded person,who suffered his fair share of human sadness.By the end of the program,we feel that we have come to know more than just the comic Twain.Among his trials was the loss of a beloved child and he also had to deal with the business side of life,not a sphere in which he did very well.
This program conveys richly the lives of main stream Americans in the 19th century.Burns gives us a clear sense of what it was like to grow up along the mighty Mississippi.Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and all the rest of Twain's gang of characters are located realistically in the world they convey so well in the books.
Ken Burns is the master of this kind of photographic presentation and his film is a purchase that will have you going back again and again to recapture that fabled world.Unlike many other DVDs that you might buy,this one is a treasure for life.
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