The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Last Updated on October 29, 2023 by ellen

Do you enjoy watching films about the Vietnam War? If so, there is a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick I wanted to let you know about. The guys in the house love war The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novickmovies and the Vietnam War is one of their favorite topics. It’s even better when the film is a documentary by PBS. 

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-party, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides – Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants from North and South Vietnam.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

My thoughts:

We’ve seen quite a few Vietnam War films in the past and many of them are just old news footage. I’m really impressed that this film goes far beyond that and includes interviews with people from both sides as well as people who were both for and against engaging in the Vietnam War. This is the full set of movies which is ten discs and 18 hours worth of programming so be prepared to really get immersed in the topic of the Vietnam War. Bonus content includes The Making of The Vietnam War and it was really interesting seeing behind the scenes what went into making this film.

After watching, we really came away with a different perspective and understanding of the both sides. This is definitely a must watch for fans of war movies or anyone with a connection or interest in the Vietnam War. Buy it today.

6 thoughts on “The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

  1. What a great documentary. I’ve been watching daily and the hour of documentary called American War Stories: Vietnam, right before it on my local PBS station is worth viewing as well. I grew up in the sixties so it’s especially heart wrenching to watch. I hope all generations are able to see and appreciate it.

  2. I’m not really a history buff and I wasn’t even alive during the Vietnam War, but I find this documentary absolutely fascinating! I can’t wait to finish watching it.

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