Ken Burns: The Address DVD

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At Greenwood School in Vermont, its students, boys, ages 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. These boys all suffer from learning differences that have made their progress extremely challenging. Interweaving the history of this famous American speech with the journey of the boys, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln's words, while culminating ... More
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At Greenwood School in Vermont, its students, boys, ages 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. These boys all suffer from learning differences that have made their progress extremely challenging. Interweaving the history of this famous American speech with the journey of the boys, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln's words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.

Ken Burns: The Address

At the tiny Greenwood School in the small New England town of Putney, Vermont, its roughly 50 students, boys from the ages of 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging.

Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys' struggle to learn Abraham Lincoln's immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called "a new birth of freedom." 

Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln's words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.

Producer: Chris Darling, Ken Burns
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: WETA; Florentine Films
Production Year: 2014
Copyright Year: 2014
Rating: TV-G
Writers: Ken Burns
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 90 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: Spanish
DVI: Y
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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William
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
02/26/22
Put this on the TV
Review by William on 02/26/22 review stating Put this on the TV
Put this on the TV !!!! This will affect anyone in a positive manner. Great movie.
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Yvonne
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5.0 star rating
01/09/22
This is a small gem
Review by Yvonne on 01/09/22 review stating This is a small gem
This is a small gem within the Ken Burns collection. I came upon it while searching what to watch next on WETA PBS which I recently joined. I just loved it, and bought a copy for my children, who are teachers and care givers. I hope you will show it (again?) on TV, as then many more people will watch it!
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Hh
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
All inspiring, Ken Burns what a grea idea for a documentary
Review by Hh on 07/17/20 review stating All inspiring, Ken Burns what a grea idea for a documentary
Very informative and inspirational. Ken burns has once again shown how good he is at what he does so well, educate an allow us to discover different aspects of our history. Makes a great gift for those in education.
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Flying F.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I purshased three- 2 gifts, one for me
Review by Flying F. on 07/17/20 review stating I purshased three- 2 gifts, one for me
I found this Ken Burns production to be of the highest quality and about a very crucial educational principle. I gave one copy to my grandkids and one to my local school. Grandkids really liked it, I have yet to hear from the school except for the kind expression of thanks from the principal.
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Vrteacher
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Inspiring documentary!
Review by Vrteacher on 07/17/20 review stating Inspiring documentary!
This is a unique film focusing on the Gettysburg Address and students with challenges learning to memorize Lincolns speech. It is inspiring. You felt like you get to know the boys and you very much want them to succeed. I highly recommend it.
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Retired T.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Awesome!
Review by Retired T. on 07/17/20 review stating Awesome!
What a great example of valuing every student and giving them the opportunity to value themselves. An outstanding project for greater understanding of basic American values and how we attained what we have as a nation.
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Tony T.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Anything By Ken Burns Is Worth Watching.
Review by Tony T. on 07/17/20 review stating Anything By Ken Burns Is Worth Watching.
I got this DVD for my boss birthday which is in December. Im sure shell like it. I had no idea that this school existed which makes this program all the more fascinating. The first school I went to was similar to this but this school is very different from mine. And leave it to the great Ken Burns to produce another great piece of work, which this is!. Very inspiring program!.
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Grandmother
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Educational and heartwarming
Review by Grandmother on 07/17/20 review stating Educational and heartwarming
As a grandparent of a child with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, I found this story inspiring. Also revealing...although we read much about both learning difficulties, it is much more powerful to watch this story and to experience with the students their struggles and successes. I only wish I could order the DVD but it is unavailable to us in Canada.
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Ed
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Everybody is worth saving
Review by Ed on 07/17/20 review stating Everybody is worth saving
I was surprised by this film, expecting it to be about the Gettysburg Address. Its really about kids at a special school. This movie taught me to never, ever give up on kids.
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Michael
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Really Eye Opening
Review by Michael on 07/17/20 review stating Really Eye Opening
Being a Lincoln fan, I thought I was buying a new DVD about the Gettysburg Address. I did get more than I bargained for! The school and their teaching methods are wonderful and it is too bad that other schools do not teach history the way this school does. This DVD bridged the age generation of 150 years and it shows that every child can learn. The fact they use the Gettysburg Address makes it even more imoressive. This video made me proud of the past history of this country and it made me so proud for the young men and theri families that others thought were nit normal GREAT DVD!!!!


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