Take Five

Ken Burns's 'Jazz'

Jazz, the musician Matt Glaser opines at one point in Ken Burns’s reverent new documentary film Jazz, "is the ultimate temporal art form. It’s about the human experience of time." Time-a lot of it-is certainly at issue in the latest Burns-directed opus that PBS broadsides this month. The ten-part film (it started January 8) racks up a nearly nineteen-hour running time, all told-an eye-popping length if you’re not a jazz junkie; a...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.