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The Address: A Film by Ken Burns
 
 
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Ken Burns, director.
Studio PBS
Format DVD Widescreen
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Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 841887020855
Runtime/Release Date 1 hr 30 mins/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49207
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This feature-length 2014 documentary zooms in on a tiny school in Putney, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the PBS film also unlocks the history, context, and importance of Lincoln's most powerful address and one of the greatest speeches in world history.

"It's the most important speech in American history, because it's doubling down on the Constitution and its guarantee that all men are created equal, Burns told TV critics, 'It's pure poetry, and it has huge force, even today.' In their lives, the kids [who have learning disabilities] have often been 'bullied and marginalized,' and Greenwood is a 'place of last resort. They asked me as a neighbor to come and judge this, and I wept'."—USA Today

"'It's a minefield of terrors and anxieties for those boys,' Burns said, describing the project as a cinema verité piece. But once the kids learn the two-minute speech ... it changes their lives forever.... 'That American spirit is there—under a ton of words and images of uncivil discourse. But it doesn't take too much time to pierce the surface of that and get to what we really yearn for'."—LATimes

 
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