Watching ‘The War’ Open Thread

The War Open ThreadAre you watching The War? What do you think? Consider this an open thread to discuss anything about The War.

The weekend before it began, I wanted to do a Ken Burns roundup post. That was when the number of stories about the show was still reasonable. The Carnival took precedence, though. Since then, every news outlet imaginable has produced a story about Ken Burns and WW2 and The War. Stories of the making of. About the companion Book. Reviews.

I wanted to “live-blog” the documentary, you know, saying, “He’s just dissolved to a new black and white photograph. He zooms in, slowly, slowly, and There! he pauses on the face! Fade to another photograph; this one is a horizontal pan.” That kind of snark—Ken Burns is parodying his own style!—was better before-the-fact. We’re watching it in high-def on my boyfriend’s cool new Samsung HDTV, and wow! are those black and white images sharp! And what with the sound effects that they’ve done to all that silent footage, I’ve been drawn in.

So. What do you think of The War? Please chime in!

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 25, 2007 in • History
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From episode 3, just watched. We went back after it was over to hear/see this part again (thanks, TiVo) at around 1 hour 26 minutes in.

This is one Allied man’s prayer during the long battle in Anzio, Italy:

“After one massive shelling, a mess sargeant fell to his knees and began loudly to pray. ‘God, help us,’ he says. ‘You come yourself. Don’t send Jesus. This is no place for children.’”

Susan A. Kitchens  on 09/25  at  10:10 PM

Ken Burns is a genius.  As he has said in any number of interviews, it’s impossible to grasp it all - but he’s sure coming close. I am fascinated with Babe’s sister and the lady from Mobile. They add so much to the overall story.

I thought I was knowledgeable (sp) of WWII, but the homefront issues - like how Mobile and Waterbury grew because of the industrial efforts - are totally new to me.

I can’t imagine trying to live-blog the program - it’s too hard to take your eyes off the show long enough to type.

Moultrie Creek  on 09/26  at  12:55 AM

Ken Burns has outdone himself this time around…we are glued to our set every night.  Watching The War is not just an event this week, it’s a lifestyle!

Hey, did you know about this event at the Huntington on Sat?

Kelly  on 09/27  at  07:04 AM

We took the night off last night (thanks, TiVo!). I’ll be at PodcampSoCal today, so have been preparing to give a talk.

Kel—dang, why does local InfoWonderfulness happen the day I volunteer to do booth duty for LA Podcasters at Podcast Expo. You going? If so, please take notes!

Susan A. Kitchens  on 09/27  at  07:34 AM

Everytime the marine who’s stationed aboard the Indianapolis talks and is identified as being on the Indianapolis, I find myself wincing. Was he on the Indianapolis when it was sunk? Of the over 1000 aboard, only 317 survived, and the story is harrowing. But the show guide doesn’t cover that.

Susan A. Kitchens  on 09/28  at  08:41 AM

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