Mark Twain (2001)
Directed by Ken Burns
In 2001, PBS presented Mark Twain, a new work by their all-star director and producer Ken Burns. This documentary is an in-depth look at the life of Mark Twain, one of the most important writers in American history. From his childhood through his later years, the film showcases an incredible amount of information. In addition to family photographs and recollections, the documentary even features silent footage of Twain himself.
Burns and his team managed to find early images of Twain, as well as personal accounts of the events of his life. This includes his family, friends, colleagues, and critics. These accounts are strung together wonderfully, and paint an amazing picture of a literary giant. Despite his success, the series also sheds light on the many personal and financial failings and tragedies he went through. It’s a very personal account of a very proud and intelligent person.
This is an amazing documentary from beginning to end. Like all of the work Ken Burns does, this movie sheds new light on the subject in amazing ways. The images and shots done on location really add to the authenticity of the entire film. If you like documentaries, this is one worth checking out. I give this one 4.6 out of 5 stars.