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Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
Documentary on Lewis & Clark

Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery



Ken Burns, who received high acclaim for his documentaries on the Civil War and Baseball, has teamed up with author Dayton Duncan (Out West) to create a powerful documentary on the Lewis & Clark Expedition, one of the greatest stories in the history of America. This four hour film is scheduled to be shown on local PBS stations on November 4th and 5th, 1997. With the work of cinematographers Buddy Squires and Allen Moore, Ken Burns' latest documentary is filled with moving images of the American West. Using these images and interviews with historians such as Stephen Ambrose, author of the best-selling novel Undaunted Courage, he recalls the story of the journey of the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean and back in the years 1804 to 1806. The few dramatizations are portrayed mainly by shadowy silhouettes. The main narrator is Hal Holbrook, with various Expedition member's voices handled by a variety of celebrities such as Adam Arkin as Meriwether Lewis.

Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and the sponsors from General Motors, have been previewing portions of the documentary to areas and groups that were helpful in preparation of the work. The previews began July 27th in Clarkston, Washington, followed by a similar presentation on July 30th at the 29th annual meeting of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation in Stevenson, Washington. It was also presented on August 1st at Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon, where the piece on life at Fort Clatsop replaced an alternate segment.

The documentary is accompanied by the release of a hardcover book, which is available now from Knopf. The book is also titled "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery". It contains 288 pages and 150 illustrations, 100 of which are in color. It lists for $40.00. The ISBN number is 0679454500.

Film poster signed by both Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan




Report on Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan's Lewis & Clark Documentary
Jay Rasmussen

September 26, 1997
Updated: January 24, 1998




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