Among his many credits are the acclaimed miniseries The Civil War, Baseball, The West, and the upcoming Jazz. At his Walpole, New Hampshire, headquarters, the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and president of Florentine Films talked recently with Naval History Editor Fred L. Schultz about the possibility of a future naval project.
Naval History: What is your favorite period of history?
Burns: The period that tells me, in this moment, who I am. We tend to think of the past as some nostalgic, bygone period, when in fact history is the present-day engagement with something that has gone before. So history is itself a great mirror of who we are now. I can never pin down one particular era that is a favorite, because I'm always interested in the history that's waking me up today.