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New York: A Documentary Film 

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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Series cast summary:
David Ogden Stiers ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1999-2003
John Steele Gordon John Steele Gordon ...  Himself - Commentator 7 episodes, 1999-2001
Kenneth Jackson Kenneth Jackson ...  Himself - Commentator 7 episodes, 1999-2001
Robert A.M. Stern Robert A.M. Stern ...  Himself - Commentator 7 episodes, 1999-2001
Mike Wallace ...  Himself - Commentator 7 episodes, 1999-2001
Philip Bosco 6 episodes, 1999-2001
Brendan Gill Brendan Gill ...  Himself - Commentator 6 episodes, 1999-2001
Calvin O. Butts III Calvin O. Butts III ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Robert A. Caro Robert A. Caro ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Peter Hamill Peter Hamill ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Alfred Kazin Alfred Kazin ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
David McCullough ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
George Plimpton 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Luc Sante Luc Sante ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Eli Wallach 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Craig Steven Wilder Craig Steven Wilder ...  Himself - Commentator 5 episodes, 1999-2001
Keith David 4 episodes, 1999-2001
Paul Giamatti 4 episodes, 1999-2001
Rudy Giuliani ...  Himself - Commentator 4 episodes, 1999-2001
Fran Lebowitz ...  Himself - Commentator / ... 4 episodes, 1999-2001
Callie Thorne 4 episodes, 1999-2001
Daniel Czitrom Daniel Czitrom ...  Himself - Commentator 4 episodes, 1999
Robert Sean Leonard 4 episodes, 1999
Peter Quinn Peter Quinn ...  Himself - Commentator 4 episodes, 1999
Marshall Berman Marshall Berman ...  Herself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Allen Ginsberg ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Spalding Gray ...  Himself - Comentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton 3 episodes, 1999-2001
David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Donald Trump Jr. ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Carol Willis Carol Willis ...  Herself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999-2001
Caleb Carr Caleb Carr ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999
James Hazeldine 3 episodes, 1999
Phillip Lopate Phillip Lopate ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999
Daniel Patrick Moynihan ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999
Frances Sternhagen 3 episodes, 1999
John Kuo Wei Tchen John Kuo Wei Tchen ...  Himself - Commentator 3 episodes, 1999
Joshua Freeman Joshua Freeman ...  Himself - Commentator 2 episodes, 1999-2001
Ruth J. Abram Ruth J. Abram ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Bender Thomas Bender ...  Himself - Commentator 2 episodes, 1999
Carol Berkin Carol Berkin ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 1999
Janeane Garofalo 2 episodes, 1999
Margo Jefferson Margo Jefferson ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 1999
Frederic Kimball Frederic Kimball 2 episodes, 1999
David Margulies David Margulies 2 episodes, 1999
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ...  Herself - Commentator / ... 2 episodes, 1999
Harris Yulin 2 episodes, 1999
Bella Abzug Bella Abzug ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Frances Golden Frances Golden ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Cheryl Greenberg Cheryl Greenberg ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Ada Louise Huxtable Ada Louise Huxtable ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Ed Koch ...  Himself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Anna Quindlen ...  Herself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
Susan Sarandon 2 episodes, 2001
Ray Suarez Ray Suarez ...  Himself - Commentator 2 episodes, 2001
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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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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Experience: New York - A Documentary Film See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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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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Mario M. Cuomo: We had this fantastic contradiction of people who hated you so much, they were willing to give up their life to take yours - and people who loved humanity so much, that they were willing to run into the darn building, in the smoke and flame, just to save the life of somebody they never met.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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If ever there was anything you wanted to know about New York's history, this is where you start.
29 March 2000 | by edgarpoeSee all my reviews

As a native New Yorker, and one who's very knowledgeable of this fine city's history, I was intrigued by this documentary series when I happened upon it on TV one lazy Saturday morning. There were familiar stories being told about the first settlers on the southern tip of Manhattan to the magnificent art deco era skyscrapers. But there was so much information, so many historical stories and significances that I had not known about until I watched this. It gives one (especially New Yorkers) a finer understanding of New York.

True, the series is rather long (FIVE TAPES NO LESS!) but it grasped me so much that I couldn't stop watching. It has the interesting stories accompanied by excellent narratives by anyone and everyone, and fine archival photos and film. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to know how this city came to be. I think it would be especially of interest for historians, architects, and urban environment scholars.


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