Source: The Washington Post
There is a distinctive style to a Ken Burns documentary — the camera’s smooth movement over black-and-white photographs, an interview subject whose eyes seem to be gazing beyond the camera into the past, the lilt of a fiddle or the blare of a trumpet. But no matter how famous an auteur gets — and Burns has been America’s best-known documentarian for almost 30 years — no director makes a movie entirely on his own.
“The Vietnam War,” which premiered on PBS on Sept. 17, is a Ken Burns documentary, but he couldn’t have made the film without his longtime co-director, Lynn Novick. And Novick isn’t just Burns’s partner on “The Vietnam War.” She’s the person most responsible for making “The Vietnam War” the epic story of two nations, not just one.
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