The Ken Burns' America: The Congress [DVD] [1988]

Ken Burns' America: The Congress comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but those with an interest in learning about the history of American government and fans of Ken Burns' unique style will enjoy this solid release from PBS.
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Overview

Special Features

  • A conversation with Ken Burns-From his firest film, Brooklyn Bridge, to his acclaimed series, Jazz, see what inspires Ken Burns to think beyond what history books dicate to create gripping and compelling films
  • Ken Burnss: Making history-Go behind the scenes for an unprecedented look at the filmmaker at work, gathering history, making history
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Ken Burns' America: The Congress
Renowned documentary-maker Ken Burns uses archival film clips, interviews, newspaper stories, and journals to bring the story of the U.S. Congress and the characters involved in its fascinating and sometimes dubious history to life. The film explores the popularly-elected Legislative branch of our government and observes its modes of functioning, along with its past and present strengths and weaknesses. Famous historical figures who served as Congressmen (Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and others) are featured, as are contemporary members and events. Burns uses his skills to draw our sometimes admiring, sometimes skeptical attitudes toward this group of power-entrusted individuals into full perspective, pointing out the valuable role the Congress is designed to serve - potentially providing balance in extreme situations or weighted political atmospheres. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    David McCullough - Narrator
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