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The Ken Burns Effect

Ken Burns TV series and shows on Prohibition, Jazz, Baseball, Civil War, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, WW II, early age of radio, Vietnam, Country Music, Lewis & Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright & more

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Movie: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery ( 1997 )
The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.
Movie: Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio ( 1991 )
For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success.
Movie: The Statue of Liberty ( 1985 )
Documentary showing the history of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
Movie: Huey Long ( 1985 )
Ken Burns' portrait of Louisiana governor/U.S. senator Huey Long.
Movie: Walden ( 2017 )
In 1854, noted American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau published his influential book 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods' about his attempt to live self-sufficiently in his cabin in the woods near Walden Pond, MA for two years.
Movie: The Mayo Clinic, Faith, Hope and Science ( 2018 )
The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science tells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a "Medical Mecca," the "Supreme Court of Medicine," and the "place for hope where there is no hope." The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis and a country doctor named William Worrall Mayo after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries. Dr. Mayo had a simple philosophy he imparted to his sons Will and Charlie: "the needs of the patient come first." They wouldn't treat diseases...they would treat people. In a world where healthcare delivery is typically fragmented among individual specialties, the Mayo Clinic practices a multi-specialty, team-based approach that has, from its beginnings, created a culture that thrives on collaboration.
Movie: The Central Park Five ( 2014 )
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
Movie: Brooklyn Bridge ( 1981 )
This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview current notables who describe the effects that the Brooklyn Bridge has had upon New York society and beyond.
Movie: Frank Lloyd Wright ( 1998 )
This film illustrates the life and work of the American architect. We follow the development of his work and his turbulent family life amidst scandal and tragedy. Despite all the difficulties of his personal life, Wright rises above all and beats all the odds to design some of the most famous buildings using brilliant and distinctively innovative designs that only his genius could create.
Movie: East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story ( 2020 )
The history of the East Lake Meadows public housing project in Atlanta and the people who lived there from 1970 to its demolition in 2000, with special emphasis on the activism of Eva Davis asserting the rights of the tenants.
Movie: Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip ( 2003 )
The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903!
Movie: The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God ( 1985 )
Ken Burns examines the American utopian 19th century religious sect known as the Shakers.
Movie: Mark Twain ( 2002 )
Ken Burns, the premiere documentarian of Americana, tackles the life of Mark Twain, the first writer with a uniquely American voice. In this installment in Burns' "American Lives" series, the two 2-hour episodes explore a side of Twain that is unfamiliar to many. Widely regarded as the funniest person of the 19th century, Twain suffered through severe personal tragedies and lack of business sense that brought him to the brink of financial ruin on several occasions. Includes interviews with writers William Styron and Arthur Miller and actor Hal Holbrook (who has portrayed Twain in a one-man play each year for over 50 years).
Movie: The Address ( 2014 )
Students of a special boarding school for kids with learning disabilities are challenged to learn about and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Movie: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson ( 2005 )
The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.
Movie: Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War ( 2016 )
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War: Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, in February 1939, boldly commit to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees.
Movie: Muhammad Ali (TV Movie)
An in-depth look at the life of boxer, Muhammad Ali, including his years as an activist and philanthropist.
Movie: Ken Burns: On Story ( 2012 )
What makes a great story? For legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, the answer is both complicated and personal. In this short documentary about the craft of storytelling, he explains his lifelong mission to wake the dead.
Movie: Fire: A Ken Burns Film ( 2016 )
Movie: The Ken Burns Effect ( 2015 )
A Ken Burns-style homage to Ken Burns, featuring Ken Burns.
Movie: The Congress ( 1988 )
The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.
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