The War, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
The film honors the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.
A Ken Burns Film
A Production of Florentine Films and WETA-TV
Directed and Produced by
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Premiered September 2007
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