Ken Burns

Ken Burns is the master of historical documentaries. His films The Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge earned him Oscar nominations for Best Documentary. All of his movies feature incredible details that add to the emotion and power of the work. He finds rarely seen images and footage, as well as radio clips and music from past generations to bring authenticity to the subjects. His partnership with PBS has allowed him to create some of the most educational and enjoyable documentaries ever made. Here are some of the films I’ve reviewed by this incredible film maker.

Ken Burns’ America: Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

Earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary.

Ken Burns’ American Stories: The Shakers (1984)

Ken Burns’ America: The Statue of Liberty (1985)

Earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary.

 Ken Burns’ America: Huey Long (1985)

Baseball – A Film by Ken Burns (1994)

Won an Emmy for Best Informational Series.

Ken Burns Presents: The West (1996)

Mark Twain (2001)

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

Won an Emmy for Best Nonfiction Special.

Ken Burns: The War (2007)

Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary from the Director’s Guild of America Awards.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015)


  1. I’m glad to see you reviewing these, as I’m a sucker for these PBS documentaries. I remember really liking the one about “The West”, and I think there was another one on the National Parks that I really enjoyed.


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