This is the first documentary that made fall in love with documentaries.
It has been criticized that it is to romanticized the war itself and that it was harsher than what it is showed.
Others say many battles were left out.
You get the same arguments that LOTR received almost.
He had to tell the story in a way that kept the viewer interested. If he had went everywhere it might have been quite difficult to follow and the viewer would have lost interest.
I still think it is a huge turn around in a way to do a documentary. The movement of the camera on a picture while having sound effects and having voice over actors reading letters of what happened was quite ground breaking at the time. It made pictures come alive.
Ken Burns is properly regarded for the outstanding quality of his documentaries. This early work examines Huey Long, Louisiana's Kingfish.
"We do not propose to say that there shall be no rich men. We do not ask to divide the wealth. We only propose that, when one man gets more than he and his children and children's children can spend or use in their lifetimes, that then we shall say that such person has his share. That means that a few million dollars is the limit to what any one man can own."
— Huey Long, Share Our Wealth radio address, February 23, 1934
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