An Outstanding Mini-Series
Review by Padmanabhan on 05/01/21 review stating An Outstanding Mini-Series
Ken Burns has not made a documentary series that has been anything less than exquisite. His three-part film on Ernest Hemingway, undertaken with Lynn Novick, continues in the great tradition of careful, exhaustive research, detailed planning, and a scholarly approach to his subject that is also deeply compassionate. One of the most remarkable aspects of this series is the extensive use of lovely, black and white photographs from the early- to mid-twentieth century. They are smoky and atmospheric, in short, magical in their effect on the viewer. In spite of the fact that there isnt a lot of film footage about Hemingway, Burns and Novick have managed to use whats available, and combine that with still images and interviews with writers and family members. I found Patrick Hemingways accounts of his life with his father very moving. A talented man who was also beset by various demons, Hemingways life exemplifies the great sadness that surrounds the best of American writers: Their promise, their ascent and glorious reign, and then their inevitable decline. A gorgeous film, perhaps the best of Burns efforts so far. The book accompanying the DVD set is also a welcome re-issue of some of the best of Hemingways short stories. Thank you for this set, it will be a great addition to my other sets of Burns documentaries.