Ken Burns - The Shakers - The Shakers (1989)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
David McCullough
Movie Details
Director Amy Stechler Burns
Producer Amy Stechler Burns; Ken Burns
Writer Amy Stechler Burns
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 58 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Hands To Work. Hearts To God.

They call themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers. Though they were celibate, they are the most enduring religious experiment in American history. They believed in pacifism and feminism, freedom from prejudice, natural health and hygiene, and for more than 200 years insisted that their follows should strive for simplicity and perfection in everything that they did. The Shakers put their 'hands to work and their hearts to God," creating an exquisite legacy of fine furniture, glorious architecture, and beautiful music which will remain and inspire long after the last Shaker is gone.

Through diaries, archival photographs, music and stunning cinematography, Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement, and in the process, offers us a new and unusually moving way to understand the Shakers.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 160
Collection Status In Collection
Links DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097368859142
Release Date 9/28/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
A Conversation with Ken Burns - From his first film, Brooklyn Bridge, to his acclaimed series, Jazz, see what inspires Ken Burns to think beyond what history books dictate to create gripping and compelling films.
Ken Burns: Making History - Go behind the scenes for an unprecedented look at the filmmaker at work, gathering history, making history.