March 25, 2006 |
FIFTY plays. Four Pulitzer Prizes. Three marriages. A suicide attempt. An international celebrity for a father. A drug-addicted mother who blamed her habit on her son. A daughter estranged, a son who committed suicide. A Nobel Prize, the only ever awarded to an American playwright. How does a filmmaker capture a life -- and body of work -- as outsized as Eugene O'Neill's?
May 10, 2010 |
Ric Burns, the Burns who isn't Ken but whose work — including "The Way West" and "New York: A Documentary Film" — is very much of a piece with that of his better-known brother, has a new film, "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World," premiering Monday as part of the PBS series "The American Experience." In the house style, established back in 1990 by Ken's "The Civil War," which Ric co-produced and co-wrote, it is ambitious, embracing the metaphors as well as the facts.
September 7, 2003 |
Ric BURNS, well-known for hyper-articulate volubility, sits still and listens hard to a woman who is telling him what she thinks about footage near the end of his new documentary, "The Center of the World," a history of the World Trade Center. She's Lynn Novick, a producer who usually works with Burns' filmmaking brother, Ken, but Ric has asked her to critique 30 minutes of horrifying footage in which buildings that dominate the previous two hours come down.
September 23, 1990 |
"My shoes are gone; my clothes are almost gone. I'm weary, I'm sick, I'm hungry. My family have been killed or scattered. . . . And I have suffered all this for my country. I love my country. But if this war is ever over, I'll be damned if I'll ever love another country." A Confederate soldier confided this to his commanding general as they trudged toward Appomattox, we are told in Geoffrey Ward's "The Civil War: An Illustrated History," and his tragicomic sentiments are a surpassingly apt summation of America's schizophrenic, semi-suicidal war with itself.
September 3, 1993
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's 12th Contemporary Documentary Series begins Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in UCLA's Melnitz Theater with the screening of Ric Burns and Lisa Ades' "The Dinner Party" (1993), preceded by the 1992 Oscar-winning documentary short, "Educating Peter." The series is composed of 14 works, including two IMAX films, "Fires of Kuwait" and "Antarctica", which will conclude the series Dec.
August 6, 2000 |
Ken Burns recalled a conversation in which it was suggested to him that "my whole work was an attempt to make people long gone come back alive." Losing his mother to breast cancer when he was 11, he told San Francisco's public television magazine "Focus," inspired not just his love of the past, but also his sense of direction and obsessive work style. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1953 to professional parents, Burns and his brother Ric moved frequently while growing up.