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The most effective question he ever asked a subject from behind the camera wasn’t a question at all.

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It’s a classic historian’s question, but Ken Burns rejects it, insisting that "human nature is the only given."

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According to Ken Burns, imposing a narrative on the past keeps humans from going crazy—and is an act of love. Critics who find that view tidy and sentimental are revealing their own irrelevance.

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Does making a documentary deepen or exhaust Ken Burns’s appreciation of its subject? And does he ever start imagining his life as one of his own films?