Tuesday, September 11, 2007

TVHYPE: Ken Burns' The War

Or, as an anonymous commentator asked "Why is Ken burning the war?"

PBS' most celebrated documentarian, Ken Burns, returns on Sunday, September 23, for what sounds like it should be his most affecting work yet -- a seven-part epic on World War II, called simply "Ken Burns' The War." For some reason, this by-all-accounts-amazing work is being shown on that creaking, obsolete technology we know as "television."

From the PBS website:
Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hürtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy.

The War Extended Preview

Waterbury, Connecticut, one of four towns nationwide, that are specifically focussed on in the film, had a sneak preview and a visit from the man himself last night.

Waterbury's World War at Courant.com
The War at PBS.org

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