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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

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English

Release Date:

September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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New York City, New York, USA

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Filming took nearly four years and over 170 days including interviews, shooting archival footage, and New York landscapes. 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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A Masterpiece
23 July 2003 | by rfkfreakSee all my reviews

I happened along this documentary one Sunday afternoon after 9-11 in 2001. I originally was intrigued because I am a New Yorker but also because, sadly, I really didn't have as much knowledge about this great city that I live in as I should have and of course also because it was soon after that tragic day in September and I wanted to watch anything and everything relating to that day. To my surprise it didn't have anything with regard to 9-11, being completed before 2001. I continued to watch because I wanted to know more about the history of my city. Sure I knew about the Dutch, about the English taking over, the changing of the name but this film taught me a lot about people I didn't know much if anything about - Fiorello Laguardia, Al Smith, Walt Whitman - and whereas I knew about Lincoln and FDR to name two, my knowledge about their relation to New York was pitiful.

Anyone who has any desire to gain some knowledge about New York should watch this. I picked up the CD today because the songs on it are amazing - very deep and very emotional. Anyone who enjoys history will probably enjoy this film. I got it as a Christmas present in 2001 and it's been one of the best presents I've ever received.


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