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I subscribe to William Faulkner's' view that history is not just about what we were before but who we are now. Ken Burns#History 296
Ken Burns#History 296
In most films music is brought in at the end, after the picture is more or less locked, to amplify the emotions the filmmaker wants you to feel. Ken Burns#Amplify 294
Ken Burns#Amplify 294
You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time. Ken Burns#Essential 152
Ken Burns#Essential 152
When you are editing, the final master is Aristotle and his poetics. You might have a terrific episode, but if people are falling out because there are just too many elements in it, you have to begin to get rid of things. Ken Burns#Aristotle 150
Ken Burns#Aristotle 150
To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain. Ken Burns#Artist 144
Ken Burns#Artist 144
Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics. Ken Burns#20th 124
Ken Burns#20th 124
The way I work, the interview never becomes larger than the person being interviewed. Ken Burns#Becomes 111
Ken Burns#Becomes 111
You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living. Ken Burns#History 106
Ken Burns#History 106
I enjoy total creative control right now. Nobody tells me to make it longer, shorter, better, sexier, more violent, whatever. Ken Burns#Control 64
Ken Burns#Control 64
I record all of my music with authentic instruments in a studio before we start editing, doing many, many versions. The music shapes the film as we edit so it has an organic relationship to the content. Ken Burns#Authentic 57
Ken Burns#Authentic 57
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