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  • Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson" on PBS April 11 and 12

    I know that Burns' work can be a polarizing topic for some as far as his POV and accuracy go, but the man is the gold standard of documentarians around today.
    http://kenburns.com/films/jackie-robinson/

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    Correct all the way around, Eyeshade. Burns takes a global view on very large topics, and my guess is that his take on Jackie R will amount to how Jackie set the table (no pun intended) for the entire civil rights movement over the next 20 years. I doubt very much he keeps it to baseball, since he has already done a doc on baseball. If he limited the scope of this doc to baseball then he would call it The 11th Inning (or something) in the name of consistency of his other baseball projects. The topic deserves the global viewpoint, and if that POV bothers anyone, so be it.
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    • #3
      Jackie Robinson transcends baseball. He's part of our history, and definitely worthy of an in-depth documentary treatment. I'm looking forward to it.
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      • #4
        He won't keep it to baseball, nor should he because the program is about Jackie Robinson's entire life. I'm looking forward to it as well. However, his Baseball documentary covered so much about him already. I hope this new program isn't just a re-hash of what he's already done.

        I'm not into everything Burns has done but I liked The Civil War, Baseball and The War. If someone else wants to do a documentary on Jackie Robinson or baseball, that would be great.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bryanac625 View Post
          If someone else wants to do a documentary on Jackie Robinson or baseball, that would be great.
          Unfortunately, it just seems like Burns is the only guy getting stuff greenlit.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
            Unfortunately, it just seems like Burns is the only guy getting stuff greenlit.
            I don't know about that. It's in several parts but here is a documentary someone posted in this thread. Post #2.

            http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...87#post2228087

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
              Unfortunately, it just seems like Burns is the only guy getting stuff greenlit.
              There's this too...it may still be in a theater or two.
              http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/m...iler/80504850/

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              • #8
                Has PBS ever shown a baseball program that didn't have a Ken Burns connection?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                  Has PBS ever shown a baseball program that didn't have a Ken Burns connection?
                  I guess PBS depends on your local PBS station. In other words, what my station shows may not necessarily be on your channel.

                  But as far as my local station. the last I recall was a program back in the 1980s.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bryanac625 View Post
                    I guess PBS depends on your local PBS station. In other words, what my station shows may not necessarily be on your channel.

                    But as far as my local station. the last I recall was a program back in the 1980s.
                    Same thing here in Cleveland. Our PBS station, WVIZ, in the past has aired a couple of locally produced docs...both in the 90's. One was on "League Park, the other was on Mel Harder." Produced by the same people and aired on the station.

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