Friday, January 22, 2010
KEN BURNS ON THE UNCIVIL LATENIGHT WAR
First of all, we love Ken Burns. His brilliant documentaries on the Civil War, Baseball, New York, boxer Jack Johnson, and World War II have been moving, informative, exhaustive favorites here at Hammer Central. We love his pan-and-scan sepia photographs and the old letters read by actors. Can't beat 'em.
Well, now, the celebrated documentarian has finally tackled a topic commensurate with his skills, a subject so important it dwarfs his previous projects: the talk show wars. With a fearlessness that has marked his stellar career from the start, Ken Burns has applied his considerable talents to this bloody battle of clashing egos and broken contracts, this television Chickamauga, this talk show Antietem, this late night Manassas. Watch and learn.