The Civil War (1990)

“As a nation, we began by declaring that “All men are created equal.” We now practically read it, “All men are created equal, except Negroes.” Soon, it will read “All men are created equal, except Negroes, and Foreigners and Catholics.” When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. To Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. ” – Abraham Lincoln

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the how and why the US Civil War was fought and what caused it to be the bloodiest US War in History

My Take on it – I have been a fan of en Burns’ documentaries for years, yet never had the chance to sit myself down to watch this 9 Part series about the War Between the States.

I am so glad that I finally got around to watching it since it is truly one of the best documentaries ever made and was able to change the way these kind of films have been made ever since.

Burns does an exquisite job with this film despite the fact that it was his very first try at such a long and comprehensive documentary.

The success of this film opened the way for his to make even more documentaries about various subjects that were able to get similar treatment as the Civil War does in this film.

It’s quite mind boggling to believe that he was able to do such an amazing job so early in his career.

The fact that the events of this film took place more than 125 years before it was released is quite amazing since they are able to use so many pictures taken at the time of the actual events in order to help make this long ago conflict much more tangible to a 20th Century viewer.

the story of this film is propelled along by the vices of the people who experienced it first hand and we get to hear their letters and correspondences as they are read by familiar modern actors.

This film may be told in 9 parts (about 12 hours long), yet the story flows so fluidly that that time whizzes by quite quickly.

It’s amazing to believe how much one can learn about the people and events of The Civil War from such a documentary being told over just 12 hours.

This film gives us a very comprehensive look at the causes and effects of the War that pitted brother against brother.

It also gives us so much to ponder about the how and why it occurred and how it changed the face of America through this bloody conflict from a political, economical and social perspective all at once.

Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that changed the face of the way documentaries were made. Burns does an exquisite job giving us the complex history of this conflict and does so with such expertise that’s it’s mind boggling that this was his first foray into the long form documentary world. The fact that the events took place over 125 years before the film was made makes it even more incredible how many pictures of the real events were utilized while trying to make this long ago war feel even more tangible for the 20th century viewer.  The documentary allows us to hear the voices of so many long gone men and women who were entrenched in this conflict via their personal letters and correspondences that come to life when read to us by modern actors.  The daunting 9 part series flows by so fluidly and it’s hard to believe how much information we are able to learn in such a short period of time about the various events and people of the Civil War. This is such a comprehensive look at the War Between the States and gives us so much to ponder about the how and why it happened and what would actually force a war pitting brother against brother that changed the face of America.  Superbly dine!  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Took six years to make. The war itself lasted four years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)


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