Ken Burns & Lynn Novick On How 'The Vietnam War' Tells All Sides Of The Story
and âs 10-part series, , takes a sweeping look at the first war that came into Americaâs living rooms.
While many stories have been told about the war, Burns said his series takes a different approach than other projects that come to mind.
âIt was important for us to tell the variety of American experiences, from the deserters to Marines and Army men,â Burns said Sunday during Deadlineâs The Contenders Emmy event. âBut we wanted to give the other side, which is rarely told. Tell the other side,â
The documentary includes testimony from about 80 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war, protesters, North and South Vietnamese soldiers, and civilians.
âWe made a decision from the very beginning of the process that we wanted to get to know people that most of our audience wouldnât be familiar with,â Novick explained. âWe really wanted to explore the journeys of unfamiliar faces.â
In addition to the interviews, the music â" scored by and â" played a key role in the series. The documentary was filled with songs from artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to Led Zeppelin. All of those artists found the subject matter so irresistible that they gave permission for very reasonable rates. While that captured the period, it was the more subtle original compositions by Reznor and Ross that provided the beating heart to the documentary.
âWe had a range of emotions that needed to be filled,â Reznor said of scoring the documentary.
Atticus added that the music and Burnsâs approach to the project are what made it different from other films about the Vietnam War.
âWhat I could gather very early on was that I had never seen the story told like this and I never knew that some of the viewpoints even existed,â he said.Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam