Burn's 'War' Hits All the Right Notes

By Conti, Garrett | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 22, 2007 | Go to article overview

Burn's 'War' Hits All the Right Notes


Conti, Garrett, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


World War II has generated plenty of interest in the film industry since it was fought over 60 years ago. Filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks have all touched upon the bloodiest conflict in world history. It's Ken Burns' powerful new documentary, though, that might stand out as the most important.

The award-winning director has delivered an all-encompassing accomplishment with "The War," a 15-hour film that brings the brutality, pride and emotions of WWII to television. Burns' epic is the closest one might come to experiencing a war that took the lives of tens of millions.

Using stills, old video footage, journalistic clips, interviews and a fantastic score, "The War" covers the United States' involvement in the Second World War. While giving some background to the roots of the war and Adolf Hitler's reign of terror, the documentary details the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (1941) all the way up to the end (1945). Burns specifically focuses in on four American towns -- Waterbury, Conn. …

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