Ken Burns Presents The West (1996)
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A Film by Stephen Ives.
|Presented by Ken Burns and directed by Stephen Ives, this 12-hour film chronicles the epic saga of America's most vast and turbulent region, beginning before European settlement and continuing into the 20th century.|
The West comes to life in this penetrating history that overturns old stereotypes, discovers new personalities, and explores the triumphs and tragedies that make The West the source of some of the most compelling stories in American History.
Editor's NoteHistorian-documentary director Ken Burns creates a careful and vivid portrait of westward expansion in this PBS nine-parter. Archival photos, old maps, and vintage music deepen the documentary's historical feel; actors' reading of first-person narrative fragments from old letters, newspapers, and other documents add intimacy to the experience.
Cast & Crew
|Allen Moore - Cinematographer|
|Amy Madigan - Voice Of|
|Blythe Danner - Voice Of|
|Buddy Squires - Cinematographer|
|Dayton Duncan - Writer|
|Gary Sinise - Voice Of|
|Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer|
|Jimmy Smits - Voice Of|
|John Lithgow - Voice Of|
|Ken Burns - Executive Producer|
|Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Voice Of|
|Matthew Broderick - Voice Of|
|Matthias Gohl - Original Music By|
|Michael Kantor - Producer|
|Peter Coyote - Narrated By|
|Richard Hankin, et. al. - Editor|
|Stephen Ives - Director|
Plot Summary"The West" is presented (and executive produced) by filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the acclaimed documentaries "The Civil War" and "Baseball." Here, director Stephen Ives examines the numerous ways in which the American psyche has been defined by "manifest destiny" and the trek westward. Using diaries, letters, archival footage and more, Ives provides a multi-layered history of this broad landscape. This epic covers the personalities, stereotypes, religious and racial issues associated with this part of the country, and the struggle of those who settled there. | Finally, spectacular footage of the mountains, plains, rivers, and canyons of the West makes this documentary both a visual, as well as an informative, treat for all.