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Monday, Jan 14, 2002

burns doubt

"With something like 70 hours worth of fantastically successful documentary film footage under his belt, Ken Burns is an industry onto himself. No matter the subject, we know that with Burns, we're in for hours of sleepy guitar noodling, smoothed-over narration, and slow pans over sepia-toned photographs. And no matter what the sepia tones show, we know the subject's bound to be America in all its epic grandeur—flush with the glory of a few Great Men (and, to a lesser extent, great women) and shamed by its treatment of black folk (and, to a lesser extent, Native Americans)."