Huey Long | Chicago Reader

Huey Long

The life and death of Louisiana's dictatorial populist governor, Huey Long, recounted in a highly polished documentary by Ken Burns. It's the usual combination of newsreel footage and interviews (among the speakers are Robert Penn Warren, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Russell Long, and Mrs. Hodding Carter), yet Burns's narrative presentation is as slick and seamless as a Hollywood feature—which is both the film's chief virtue and its main sticking point. Historian David McCullough narrates.


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