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Ken Burns gets it right with THE WAR

Ken Burns THE WAR is outstanding!The past two nights I’ve been riveted to my couch watching THE WAR, Ken Burns’ new and absolutely first-class documentary of WWII showing on PBS.

If you aren’t watching it, start.  It’s that good.

It is such a welcome addition to television, which lately has basically sucked.  I am so sick of idiotic reality shows.  THE WAR is in a class of its own.

Featuring stories from both fronts and interviews of veterans, family members and others, THE WAR is both exciting and heartbreaking.  It can even be shocking (some casualties are shown close up).  But it’s the best Ken Burns documentary I’ve seen to date.

Burns touches on pretty much every aspect of WWII, from racism against Japanese-Americans to the homefront industrial effort that was dominated by female workers.  The joy soldiers felt from a victory is matched with the griping pain wives and mothers felt when they got the telegram that there husband or son had been killed.

I don’t have much more to say, other than if you don’t watch THE WAR, you are missing out on some of the most rewarding free entertainment in TV history.

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  1. And don’t forget to support your local PBS station.

    Posted by: Chris Kaufman | September 26, 2007
  2. I heard there’s no swearing in it. Great, Burns has even managed to even sterilze and manipulate WW2. Haven’t watched it yet, so I really don’t know. Seen the Civil War though: lot’s of orange southern sunsets and cameras zooming in on b/w photos set to to inspirational “American” period flavored music and some narrator sounding like Mark Twain must have sounded. Is “The War” like that?

    Posted by: Billy Leopard | October 3, 2007
  3. No, The War is a great, and as far as I know, an accurate portrayal of WWII. If Ken Burns says they didn’t swear back then, then they didn’t swear back then!

    Posted by: Clayton | October 5, 2007
  4. Well, they didn’t really “swear” until they got to the SNAFU an FUBAR episode. Then they told it like it was told back then.
    And ol’ blood and guts Patton had wanted to whiz in the Rhine River ever since the war started, so when he got to the Rhine he was photographed whizzin’ init.
    Best WWII documentary to date. Unless you were there when it happened, that is. It ain’t entertainment for sure. It is raw history with all the warts and bark still on.
    It should be a 12 hour required course in every liberal arts college in the country.

    Posted by: HenryClay | October 8, 2007
  5. that would be a cool picure. Patton whizzin’ in the Rhine. Anyone have that pic?

    Posted by: Clayton | October 8, 2007
  6. Since we’re on the subject of swearing in WWII, there’s another great story during the envelopment of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. After being surrounded, the German Commander sent the following message to Gen. Anthony McAuliffe:
    “To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.
    The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.
    There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.
    If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours’ term.
    All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well known American humanity.”

    To which McAuliffe responded “Nuts!
    Apparently, however, his actual words were much more colorful, but the newspapers at the time sanitized them for print. Some things never change.
    Wanna see that picture of Patton urinating in the Rhine though. Anyone got a link?

    Posted by: Matt | October 11, 2007

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