Hitting the history books
In addition to his deep dives into American history, filmmaker Ken Burns possesses a knack for telling contemporary stories in brief, elegant microcosm.
In the moving new documentary “The Address,” he travels to the small Greenwood School in Putney, Vt. Its student body — 50 boys, 11 to 17 — struggle with language and reading skills and other behavioral challenges. In a rite of passage since the school opened in 1978, Greenwood assigns its boys to memorize and then publicly deliver Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
What might seem a fairly simple task for some kids is extraordinarily daunting for many of the boys. As documentary subjects, the boys are in many ways impenetrable. Getting them to ignore the camera and just be themselves is next to impossible, but there are revealing, achingly honest moments that make the film worth watching.
Also out Tuesday: “Doctor Who: The Web of Fear,” “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell,” “The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection,” “Newhart” (Season 3).
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McClatchy News Service