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The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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Burns did exactly what he said he was going to do: tell the American experience of World War Two from the point of view of everyday, average American citizens.
I'm sure that Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick would be the first to agree that viewers looking for more "big picture" information (about political alliances, military strategy, technological development, the war's global impact) would do well to supplement this series with other sources of information. Burns isn't telling those stories, and the omissions are on purpose. This film looks at the war from a different angle, adding a new layer of social history to the big stories that have already been told. I think people should judge this work on the merits of the goals that Burns set out for himself, and not simply project their own personal historical and political wishlists onto it. (Axton)
Ken Burns has done an outstanding job with this new series. He tells the history of the war in it its many theaters, but more importantly, he tells the history from the average person's viewpoint. This is what makes the series sometimes hard to watch because it makes the horrors of war all too real. Hearing a private fighting in the Phillipines realize that his life is "expendable", hearing a d-day veteran who lost his brother in the same campaign say that he would have rather returned without his arms and legs than without his brother, seeing the massive toll of lives in lesser known (at least to my generation) operations such as market garden brings the history of this war into our hearts and minds. I've learned about America's isolationist policy before entering the war as well as much more detail about the war. It was a horrible war and my heart aches for all of the lives lost. I hope this scope of war is never again fought on our planet. This is why I'm purchasing this series - for my children to watch and learn from when they are old enough. This is history that should not be forgotten. Thank you Ken Burns.
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Love everything Ken Burns does. This is my mom and dad's era. They have both passed. Makes me wish I had more insight into what they endured during this time and asked questions... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JM3Gram
Ken Burns and his crew make brilliant documentaries. The amount of research they do is what makes their films so good.Published 2 days ago by Brad
Although the is more of a portrait of WWII as seen through the lens of four cities in America it is a wonderful view of the people and our country during this time. Read morePublished 4 days ago by El Granada, California
I like Ken Burns' documentaries. In The War he takes on a different perspective. It's about the family at home, American industry, and letters written by the soldiers themselves.Published 4 days ago by moto58