New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 years later. Told in a sentimental tone, Burns weaves a lyrical tale of the great metropolis that encompasses not only the city's streets, but also that of the history of America. Though around fourteen hours in length, this epic documentary presents a thoughtful, entertaining look at our relatively young country. Written by Chris Bogner

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Originally, the film was to be a seven-episode documentary. After the World Trade Center was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, an eighth episode - "The Center of the World" about the rise and fall of the Twin Towers - was made. It aired September 8, 2003. See more »

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voice: Most of the big shore places were closed now. And there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of the ferryboat across the sound. And as the moon rose higher, the inessential houses began to melt away till gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes, A fresh green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams. For a transitory enchanted moment man must have ...
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One of the Best Documentaries on NYC Ever...
15 February 2002 | by (Greenlawn, New York) – See all my reviews

Since my parents took me to a NYC automat when I was seven, I have always been fascinated by New York City. Ric Burns' documentary, "New York: A Documentary Film" made me love the city even more. I recently purchased the new 7 DVD set, which includes the recently completed episodes that brought the series up to 1999, before the tragedy of Sept. 11th. I was glued to the production immediately, from the majestic aerial footage to the great variety of historians, architects, writers and politicians who guide you through this historical tour. If you want to learn more about NYC, this documentary is your primer!


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