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This film collection from Ken Burns offers an anthem to the nation and its people. "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Statue of Liberty" recall the building of two New York monuments. "Empire of the Air" recounts the creators of radio, while "The Congress" depicts a unique American institution. Artist Thomas Hart Benton and politician Huey Long emerge in compelling biographies, while "The Shakers" is a moving tribute to an enduring religious experiment.

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This is an excellent short film that borrows heavily from David McCullough's book about the bridge. The photography is beautiful, and the story of the building of the bridge is inspiring.

Watch and Learn.

It is said that American's learn more about American history from Ken Burns' films then any other source, and that couldn't be more true. It is worth watching all of these films. My fav. is Horatio's Drive, the first great American road trip.

Informative, beautiful, slightly dated documentary

An hour-long, informative film with great, enigmatic photography of this beautiful structure and fascinating interviews and footage. Learn about the Roebling father and son team who designed and oversaw the building of this unprecendented structure; discover the origins of Caisson's disease (the bends); get a real glimpse of NYC/Brooklyn in the late 19th century and the continuous effect of the bridge on people's lives; witness the ambitions and courrption present in this burgeoning city at the time. I really felt I knew the "cities", their history and this world famous structure much better after viewing this documentary. I also felt more keenly the spiritual (yep!) effects that architecture's great endeavours can have on people who live near them. The footage does feel slightly dated now in places but this is not really a criticism - it feels like an early 80's documentary which it is. All in all, well worth watching, and Miller's short interview near the end might fill you with the urge to contribute more to this great city and maybe even life in general!

Ken Burns: America
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Released: Jan 01, 2015
  • CCin English

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