Ken Burns: Mark Twain [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • The Making of Mark Twain with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Interview outtakes with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller, Russell Banks and others
  • Memorable Mark Twain quotes and photographs
  • Ken Burns: Making History, see what inspires Ken Burns to think beyond what history books dictate to create gripping and compelling films
  • A Conversation With Ken Burns, an unprecedented look at the filmmaker at work - gathering history, making history
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Ken Burns' Mark Twain, Part 1
The newest project from the master of documentaries deals with the life of author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), one of America's most beloved writers and historical characters from the 19th century. Ken Burns worked for nearly three years and drew from 100 hours of filmed material and hundreds of photos to complete the two-part, four-hour PBS series. In part one, Twain's life is profiled from his birth to age 50. Burns explores his dual personality (the rich, sometimes greedy Clemens and the down-home and humorous Twain) and looks at the effect Twain's masterpiece Huckleberry Finn had on American literature. The era in which Twain flourished is captured through photographs of Twain's New York, and footage of the grand Mississippi River. Novelist Russell Banks and playwright Arthur Miller give insightful commentary., Rovi

Ken Burns' Mark Twain, Part 2
The newest project from the master of documentaries deals with the life of author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), one of America's most beloved writers and historical characters from the 19th century. Ken Burns worked for nearly three years and drew from 100 hours of filmed material and hundreds of photos to complete the two-part, four-hour PBS series. Part two deals with Twain's twilight years, which were mired with dwindling success, impending bankruptcy and the deaths of his youngest daughter and his wife. Burns' documentary takes a look at Twain's darkest novel The Mysterious Stranger, and delves into his riff with President Theodore Roosevelt over America's politics of imperialism., Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kevin Conway
    Kevin Conway - Mark Twain
  • Hal Holbrook
    Hal Holbrook
  • Arthur Miller
    Arthur Miller
  • Image coming soon
    William Styron
  • Keith David
    Keith David - Narrator
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