The Address (film)
|Written by||Ken Burns|
|Directed by||Ken Burns|
|Narrated by||Edward “Ned” Shaw and others|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||84 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Florentine Films|
|Original release||April 15, 2014|
The Address follows a group of students from The Greenwood School, a boarding school in Putney, Vermont for boys in Grades 6-12 with special needs, such as dyslexia and ADHD as they prepare to recite the Gettysburg Address.
The documentary follows the students in their day-to-day lives at the boarding school, as they each prepare for the recital. The boys receive a special coin upon successfully reciting the speech. Burns used various students from the school to narrate historical background throughout the film.
Brian Lowry of Variety said, "[I]t surely must have felt like something of a respite to play small ball for a while with "The Address," profiling a school for teenage boys with learning disabilities in Vermont, and the children for whom memorizing and reciting the Gettysburg Address is a rite of passage. Despite its relative lack of heft, the project is reasonably effective in providing a window into these kids’ worlds, however narrow the aperture might be."
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