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2012 Democratic National Convention
Ken Burns documentary looks anew at 'The Roosevelts'
Ken Burns documentary looks anew at 'The Roosevelts'

Whether it's baseball, jazz or Prohibition, few filmmakers tackle the important subjects of the American past with the depth of Ken Burns. But when the historical documentarian was contemplating his latest project, he felt it was the right moment to train his lens for the first time on personalities — specifically Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who informed not just the decades they led, but the turbulent and dynamic years since. "There's something about three extraordinary people who made their mark like this," Burns said, "and something about treating them as a single family story, with all their failings, without making them heroes at a...