The Congress (1989)
The Congress (1989)
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Ken Burns never fails to remind the viewer of why America is so great. Colorful stories and beautiful cinematography abound in this film, which has subsequently inspired me to learn more about how the House and the Senate work together and independently.
76/100. Very comprehensive documentary, very educational and informative. Some of the archive footage is amazing. Beautifully done, very well pieced together, impressive narration and interviews. Director Ken Burns always delivers a good documentary.
REVISIONIST HISTORY Boring, biased, and blah! This film had a couple of "historians" interviewed, but for the most part relied on liberal-leaning media members to paint the picture of Congress! With the exception of David McCullough and Alistaire Cook, I was shocked that Mr. Burns relied so heavily on media reporters for this film on Congress from 1789 -1978. Also, whenever there was a crook or buffoon member of congress mentioned, and they were Republican, their party was certainly identified - but not any Democrats? If there were any Dem hero's they were certainly identified - but rarely the Republicans. If my history serves me correctly the political machines were largely Democrats NOT Republicans. And, it was implied that the demise of Black American Representatives from the south serving in the House ended in 1876 with the presidency being handed to that "evil Republican" Rutherford B. Hayes (who by the way was an abolitionist!). As if Democrat Tilden would have kept reconstruction going - Tilden swept the Southern vote in the election 0f 1876! It would have been one-hundred times worse for black southerners had Tilden been elected! Biased tripe!
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