The Statue of Liberty (film)

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The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byKen Burns
Produced byKen Burns
Buddy Squires [1]
Written byGeoffrey C. Ward
Bernard Weisberger
Narrated byDavid McCullough
Edited byBuddy Squires
Distributed byPBS
Release date
October 28, 1985
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Statue of Liberty is a 1985 American documentary film on the history of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). It was produced and directed by Ken Burns.[2] The film, which first aired in October 1985, was narrated by historian David McCullough[3] and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


The film includes readings by Jeremy Irons and Arthur Miller, among others.[4] McCullough, then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, former congresswoman Barbara Jordan, director Miloš Forman, writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, musician Ray Charles, and poet Carolyn Forché are among those interviewed.

Paul Simon's song "American Tune" is heard at the beginning and end of the film.[5] Also included are vintage clips dealing with Lady Liberty from the films The Immigrant, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Anything Can Happen, and Planet of the Apes.


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