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The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns (Boxed Set) (1990)

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The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hourCivil Wardidn't just captivate a nation, reteaching to us our history in narrative terms; it actually also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When people … see full wiki

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Well filmed well acted well worth the price

  • Sep 7, 2001
Ken Burns first effort was simply a masterpiece. I am a history buff who had very little interest in the civil war. Mr. Burns changed that, (With some help from Shelby Foote.) The history is great. The actors for the voices were well picked, and most important the EDITING made this film. As I recall before this film it was rare that a picture featuring primarly stil photos. It started a flow of imitators.

This film like A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM was made a classic in the editing room. (And I'll wager nobody ever figured you could put these two films in a relevent sentence together.) The technique of focusing on a figure in a shot, then a second shot pulled back, then a final shot of the whole scene added drama (unlike Forum who's cuts added farce.) and brought the story alive.

Burns duplicated his winning ways in BASEBALL but this one stands above the rest as the trailblazer.

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