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Moving History

September 11, 2008

The eyes of the world turn to New York City on this day, and one of the best resources for learning about the history of the city is New York: A Documentary Film, a documentary television series directed by Ric Burns (Ken Burns’ brother) that first began airing in 1999.

Like Ken Burns’ celebrated documentaries, New York is long (over 17 hours!) but always involving and features an evocative score that makes use of original compositions and familiar pieces from the various time periods.

If you can’t watch all eight parts, at least watch the last one titled “The Center of the World,” which was produced after September 11, 2001. It’s one of the finest documentaries ever made on the fall of the WTC towers and the enormous tragedy of that day.

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  1. FelineyAlly permalink
    September 16, 2008 10:03 pm

    Great. Actually I’m on disc five or six of the set now. It’s exhaustive. Changed my perspective on American history and economics considerably. How’s about finishing the LUP, for Pete’s sake? We’re (and I think I speak for your whole furry crew, if I’m not too presumptuous) long weary of hearing about the long unfinished long overdue watchamadoodle! Mr. Crumpet-er-Johnny-one-note, know you not another song?

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