Mark Twain

  • 2002
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

Ken Burns traces the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He "used the way we talk and turned it into literature," says Hal Holbrook, who has portrayed Twain in one-man shows. Burns supplements comments by Holbrook and 12 other interviewees with Twain readings (by Kevin Conway) in a four-hour portrait. Part 1 covers Clemens' early life on the M (more…)

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The Anguish Underneath the Man
00:51 — Under the boasting of Mark Twain was a great suffering.
Triumph Through Tragedy
00:36 — Twain was a passionate man and when he might want to give up he rallies through his personal tragedies and continues to go on.
The Master of the Pause
01:10 — Twain was a genius of the stage. He used silence to his advantage. The pauses were the preludes to the cascade of humor.
Hannibal, MO
00:38 — The idea of Place formed Mark Twain. Hannibal, MO is seen as an Eden, the eternal summer.

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  • Premiered: January 15, 2002
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Ken Burns traces the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He "used the way we talk and turned it into literature," says Hal Holbrook, who has portrayed Twain in one-man shows. Burns supplements comments by Holbrook and 12 other interviewees with T… (more)

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