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Ken Burns United States, 1990

Johnny DuBiel's rating of the film The Civil War

This is the first major television "event" (these don't really exist anymore) of which I remember actually being fully aware. Not simply giving us a "history lesson", Burns creates a narrative of the war. Some say that this is him at the height of his skills (I believe that 'Brooklyn Bridge' or 'Unforgivable Blackness' are better), and it IS incredibly focused (if not slightly boring) for such an epic undertaking