October 09, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

New York: A Documentary Film

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
840 minutes
performer
David Ogden Stiers
director
Ric Burns
distributor
PBS
author
Ron Blumer, Ric Burns, James Sanders
genre
Documentary
We gave it an A

The characters in New York — Hamilton, Whitman, Fitzgerald, Roosevelt, La Guardia, Moses — are larger-than-life. The setting is mythic. The scope epic. Even the 14-hour running time whistles by like a No. 2 express train. But more than anything else, documentarian Ric Burns’ sprawling history of New York City is goggle-eyed with love — sweet, instructive, and wildly entertaining. For a New Yorker, it was the perfect thing to watch last week: With the vast story of the city laid in front of you, there is no way to conclude anything but that Gotham will rise again.

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