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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick - The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

  1. Episode 01: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) | PBS | 1:25:46
  2. Episode 02: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963) | PBS | 1:26:53
  3. Episode 03: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) | PBS | 1:58:22
  4. Episode 04: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967) | PBS | 1:57:51
  5. Episode 05: This Is What We Do(July 1967-December 1967) | PBS | 1:28:43
  6. Episode 06: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968) | PBS | 1:28:13
  7. Episode 07: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969) | PBS | 1:51:20
  8. Episode 08: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) | PBS | 1:52:35
  9. Episode 09: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973) | PBS | 1:52:58
  10. Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-onward) | PBS | 1:51:22
The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Here are some more, less know Vietnam documentaries, that I think are pretty good.

  1. Hearts and Minds (Vietnam) (1973) | Peter Davis | 1973 | 1:52:01
  2. Sir No Sir (2005) | | 2005 | 49:27
  3. My Father's Vietnam (2015) | | 2015 | 1:18:42

Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

  1. Untold History of the United States (E01) [59:06]
  2. Untold History of the United States (E02) [59:06]
  3. Untold History of the United States (E03) [59:06]
  4. Untold History of the United States (E04) [59:06]
  5. Untold History of the United States (E05) [59:06]
  6. Untold History of the United States (E06) [59:06]
  7. Untold History of the United States (E07) [59:06]
  8. Untold History of the United States (E08) [59:06]
  9. Untold History of the United States (E09) [59:06]
  10. Untold History of the United States (E10) [59:06]

  1. E01: World War II
    New series features events that at the time went under reported, but shaped America's history. The first chapter explores the birth of the American Empire by focusing on FDR, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin.
  2. E02: Roosevelt, Truman, & Wallace
    Historical upset of Harry Truman replacing Henry Wallace as Roosevelt's Vice President. Exploration of the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the Cold War.
  3. E03: The Bomb
    The strategies behind the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan are explored as well as the new mythology that emerged from the war. The bombing haunted the Soviets and mistrust towards the Allies grew quickly.
  4. E04: The Cold War: 1945-1950
    The equation changes: specific month-by-month causes of the Cold War emerge and it is not entirely clear who started it.
  5. E05: The '50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World
    Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles replace Truman. Stalin dies but relations with the Soviet Union turn colder.
  6. E06: JFK: To The Brink
    JFK and the Bay of Pigs; on the brink of total war during Cuban Missile Crisis; early Vietnam; JFK's attempts at peace with Khrushchev; JFK assassinated.
  7. E07: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
    Cataclysm in Vietnam as the war reaches a turning point - there's no going back. The betrayal by Richard Nixon.
  8. E08: Reagan Gorbachev & Third World-Rise of the Right
    Carter's dreams of change give way to Ronald Reagan. Gorbachev redeems Reagan and fresh opportunities for peace arise. The debate over Reagan's legacy.
  9. E09: Bush & Clinton: Squandered Peace-New World Order
    George W. Bush's doctrine of endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued cannibalization of the U.S. economy. Squandered chances given by the end of the Cold War. A new USA, the National Security Fortress.
  10. E10: Bush & Obama - Age of Terror
    The meaning of events up to today. Obama and the destiny of the American Empire.

Interviews with Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick on their "Untold History of the United States"

  1. TRNN | When the american vp was progressive. Henry A. Wallace was for the 'common man' and against the cold war (08/03/10) [13:19]
  2. TRNN | Is there any 'wallace' left in democratic party? Scott Wallace fight to create space for the progressive voice (07/10/10) [9:39]
  3. TRNN | Peter Kuznick tells the story about how he teamed up with Oliver Stone to challenge a primary thesis of the cold war (12/17/12) [10:24]
  4. TRNN | Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, The Spanish Civil War - discusses Roosevelt's attitude towards Hitler and the Soviet Union (12/19/12) [15:45]
  5. TRNN | The Rise and Fall of a Progressive Vice-President of the USA - discusses the '44 Democratic Convention coup that dumped VP Henry A. Wallace, the man who as President would have opposed the cold war (12/21/12) [13:08]
  6. TRNN | The Coup Against Wallace and What Might Have Been - A Wallace Presidency might have prevented the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japan and prevented the Cold War (01/11/13) [10:09]
  7. TRNN | Stalin, the Soviet Union and WWII - Dealing with the role of the Soviet Union in WWII was the most sensitive and complicated issue faced by the series (01/14/13) [16:07]

Europe Before WWI - George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins

George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins [48:23]
This documentary has its faults. For a clear account of what really occurred and their lives, I would strongly recommend "George, Nicholas, Whilhelm" by Miranda Carter.   A look at the incredible story of Queen Victoria's three first cousins who found themselves at the centre of a family feud and a global war when she died in 1901.

01.14.2013. 08:44

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