Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – For 30 years, Ken Burns has found the Roosevelt family “irresistible.”

Various members of the political dynasty have popped up in the filmmaker’s projects on America’s national parks, Prohibition and the Civil War. Now, Burns shines a spotlight on the family itself in “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” a 14-hour film debuting Sept. 14 on PBS. It will run for seven consecutive nights.

The series covers Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. In between, Theodore was elected president and his niece Eleanor married her fifth cousin, Franklin, who became president.

“I don’t know a film that has been more satisfying to me,” Burns said Tuesday at the summer TV critics’ press tour. “This is a fairly complex narrative. We’re asking questions: What is the role of government, what is the nature of leadership?”