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Ken Burns: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  11 reviews
From Chautauqua, the historic summer retreat in southwestern New York state, 61-year-old Ken Burns – the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated producer and director of popular documentary films such as “The Civil War,” “The Central Park Five,” “Baseball,” and “The Brooklyn Bridge” – opens up about how he picks his subjects, his true feelings about “the Ken Burns Effect, ...more
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published September 2nd 2014
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Frank
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great interview

A terrific, insightful portrait of Burns in the form of an interview. Amazon should have Tom Roston do more of these. Can't wait for Burns' Vietnam.
Donald Powell
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very interesting interview of Ken Burns. I got lost in some of his references to film making and some of the people. He seemed very authentic and just what you would expect of him from what his products have been. He is unique and that shines through his work. History is so important for us to progress and repeat things a bit less or a bit less horribly.
Robert S
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Ken Burns is arguably the greatest filmmaker of documentaries in history. His documentaries about jazz and baseball are often considered the definitive stories of their times.

The Kindle Singles offers up a short but interesting Q&A with the filmmaker about his most recent work about The Roosevelts, some of his past work, and the future.
Owen
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short but entertaining Q&A with filmmaker Ken Burn which covers his entire career.
Theresa Cooper
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five stars? For an interview? Yes. Let me begin by saying I am quite a fan of Ken Burns' films. I've watched: Brooklyn Bridge, The Shakers, all ten hours of The Civil War, all twelve hours of The West, all fourteen hours of the War, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, and (just this past weekend) The Central Park Five. And that's only, what, half of his filmography? I plan to watch all his films. Anysue, back to the book... Although I've seen all those films, I didn't really know much- well, anything ...more
David Stone
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect companion to Ken Burns' new film on the Roosevelts. Find out what it was like to direct Meryl Streep or to make Geoffrey Ward cry. Every shot seemed richer to me now that I have a deeper understanding of his method. In particular, I was struck by his comment that he always tries to imagine what a photograph sounds like. And you will have a deeper understanding of Ken Burns himself when you learn that his mother died young and was buried in an unmarked grave. Some will be ...more
Teri
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I am completely captivated by the works of Ken Burns. Tom Roston's interview with Ken Burns sheds a little light on what makes him tick and his thought process when filming some of his previous work, particularly with the PBS series The Roosevelts. He also mentions his upcoming projects and lets the reader know that he's under contract to keep cranking out documentaries through at least 2022.
Simon Sweetman
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A safe, but endearing - and interesting-enough - Q&A-as-essay. Burns is thoughtful and wise and has some interesting stories around the making of the films, but particularly around the energy required, the persistence and perseverance necessary and the focus that must take place.
tiasreads
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting look into the mind of my favorite documentarian. I especially enjoyed the explanations of how he approached some of his films.
jim copley
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The man behind what I have enjoyed

This is the first time I have seen behind the person who has created programs that I have enjoyed and learned something from.
Tammy
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Informative insights that make me appreciate Ken Burns that much more. I wish I'd watched his films earlier in life!
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