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Ken Burns' 'Vietnam' is epic, but don't expect an impact like 'The Civil War'

Ken Burns' 'Vietnam' is epic, but don't expect an impact like 'The Civil War'

Ken Burns has created another epic historical documentary in “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part, 18-hour series on America’s catastrophic war in Southeast Asia.

This PBS production, which premieres Sept. 17, has all the Burns signature elements: stunningly eloquent still photographs, music that instantly transports you to another time and place, deep research, evocative archival film, powerful testimony from diverse witnesses to events, rich analysis from talking heads and narration that sounds like poetry, with virtually every word weighed and measured for truth and power.

And yet, for all of that excellence, I fear this film is not going to achieve the goal laid out for it by PBS:...

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