Ken Burns's Mark Twain

Ken Burns's Mark Twain

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Director: Ken Burns, Kevin Conway, Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller

Cast: Ken Burns, Kevin Conway, Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller

     
 

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Ken Burns' film about the writer Mark Twain comes to DVD in a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include extended footage of the interviews in the film, a making-of featurette, a look at Ken Burns' creative process, and an interview with the director. This is a fine release from PBS Home

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Ken Burns' film about the writer Mark Twain comes to DVD in a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include extended footage of the interviews in the film, a making-of featurette, a look at Ken Burns' creative process, and an interview with the director. This is a fine release from PBS Home Video.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Regarded in his day as the funniest man in the country, Mark Twain was more than just America's greatest humorist. In this fascinating four-hour biographical documentary, producer-director Ken Burns makes the case that Twain endures as America's greatest of man of letters, period. A steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, a failed gold prospector, a tragedy-haunted family man, and an ardent humanist, Twain employed his critical wit and literary skills to search for a genuine America. As the author himself once put it, "I am not an American, I am the American." He wasn't kidding. Taking full advantage of a ready-made dramatic framework -- the cyclical appearances of Halley's comet in 1835 and 1910, the years of the author's birth and death -- Burns documents Twain's life in magnificent detail, from his youth in Hannibal, Missouri, to his emergence as a journalist, humorist, and literary personality to the tragedies that haunted his family life. The film shows the same intelligence and sense of purpose Burns brought to past biographies such as Thomas Jefferson and Frank Lloyd Wright, and makes brilliant use of Twain's own words. Insightful interviews with actor Hal Holbrook, authors Arthur Miller and William Styron, and a host of Twain scholars enrich this thorough account of a historical figure whose commentaries on hypocrisy, greed, and racism were never overshadowed by the complexities of his beautiful yet melancholy record of America.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0097368858848
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of Mark Twain with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan; Interview outtakes with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller, Russell Banks, and others; Mark Twain quotes and photographs; "Ken Burns: Making History": A behind-the-scenes look at how Burns makes his films ; "A Conversation With Ken Burns": An intimate look into what inspires Burns

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Part One
1. Introduction [16:02]
2. Safe Water [11:43]
3. Roughing It [15:13]
4. Innocents Abroad [7:15]
5. The Best Girl in All the World [11:29]
6. The Gilded Age [9:48]
7. Old Voices [13:45]
8. All Right Then, I'll Go to Hell [25:26]
Side #2 -- Part Two
1. Introduction [8:17]
2. A Connecticut Yankee [15:38]
3. Exile [10:06]
4. Following the Equator [23:07]
5. First God Made Idiots [11:04]
6. The Mysterious Stranger [18:06]
7. The American [5:08]
8. Credits [8:14]

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Ken Burns's Mark Twain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit, I have not once read a book by Mark Twain. But this documetary captivated me in a way that I cannot explain. If you watch it, you learn the very intresting, trying, and heartfelt story behind the writer of such famous novels as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. There is wit, history and emotion in this documentary that all will find, whether you be an aficinado or one yet to hear his name. I found the documentary to be very thought provoking as well as quite comical. Basically, all aspects of a well made documentary are present in Ken Burns' ''Mark Twain''. The money you spend on this DVD (or VHS as the case might be) will not go to waste, for all that you will take away from this documentary is well worth any amount of money you could ever spend. If you have not yet experienced this Ken Burns master piece, do not delay. Those short four hours of your time will be enough to change the rest of your life.