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    Hi, fellow junkie.Check out PBS American Experience. I think it will satisfy your need.
    There needs to be some sort of monthly meeting for people like us.
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    I thought I had seen this. In fact, I thought I'd seen every doc on VietNam available. But, I hadn't. This one is a ten part series. It says it was made in 2017. Anyway, watch it. It is VERY good. I thought I knew a lot about the war, but one thing I learned was how unstable and corrupt the South Vietnamese government was before and during the war. Again. Watch it. As with all Ken Burns films, they use available footage. They even have a section on fragging.
    I saw all the episodes when it was on PBS.

    Excellent, exceptional.

    I recommend it to everyone. Start at the beginning and watch them all in a row.
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    Again, if you haven't watched the ones on the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, please do so. I think you can see them through PBS? The American Experience series? I have watched so many. I watched ten hours of the history of New York City by his brother Ric Burns. It starts with the Dutch buying Manhattan and tells the entire story. It's fascinating especially because of the stories of women jumping from the building in the garment district fire which was such a prelude to 9/11.
    Has anyone watched the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which is also about the Prohibition era? I've heard some of the music from it, which was outstanding, and I'm getting one of the CDs from it tomorrow from Amazon. I might end up getting the series on DVD, because my understanding is that they would have some of the musical performances on screen, which would be a blast to watch----I LOVE the music of that era!

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    Has anyone watched the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which is also about the Prohibition era? I've heard some of the music from it, which was outstanding, and I'm getting one of the CDs from it tomorrow from Amazon. I might end up getting the series on DVD, because my understanding is that they would have some of the musical performances on screen, which would be a blast to watch----I LOVE the music of that era!
    My kids' tap teachers are in that show!
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    There needs to be some sort of monthly meeting for people like us.
    Like a book club, only for documentaries! I'm so there.

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    PBS sticky thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Has anyone watched the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which is also about the Prohibition era? I've heard some of the music from it, which was outstanding, and I'm getting one of the CDs from it tomorrow from Amazon. I might end up getting the series on DVD, because my understanding is that they would have some of the musical performances on screen, which would be a blast to watch----I LOVE the music of that era!
    Loved Boardwalk Empire. The music is really good. There are some performance moments but as I recall it wasn't a huge percentage of the screen time.
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    Like a book club, only for documentaries! I'm so there.
    My daughter is 10 now (time flies). She's a documentary addict. She heard her cousins were getting a pet bunny. We go over there today and see the bunny. The kids go back and forth between checking on the rabbit and playing in the yard. We're sitting there waiting for carne asada to come off the grill and we hear her rattling off facts and recommendations for "best practices" with their new pet. Her cousins are just staring at her blankly.

    "Daddy, I watched TWO documentaries about raising rabbits last night and they're acting like I don't know what I'm talking about!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    I thought I had seen this. In fact, I thought I'd seen every doc on VietNam available. But, I hadn't. This one is a ten part series. It says it was made in 2017. Anyway, watch it. It is VERY good. I thought I knew a lot about the war, but one thing I learned was how unstable and corrupt the South Vietnamese government was before and during the war. Again. Watch it. As with all Ken Burns films, they use available footage. They even have a section on fragging.
    It is very good, I saw a preview of it, then saw it when it came out. I've met Ken Burns several times and have a number of his books. He's very interesting hear him tell of making the documentaries. WWII vets have said his "The War" was the only film they had seen that told of the war, the way it was. Ken Burns said after making the "Civil War" he was not going to make any more war documentaries as the stories and letters found in the research while not being anywhere like being present in the midst of war, depicted it so vividly it was in many ways depressing. He said he did "the War" because he discovered how many WWII veterans were dying daily and he didn't want to lose their firsthand experiences. He also had heard a National Council on the Humanities talk that said a surprising number of high school grads and college freshmen thought U.S. and Germany were allies in WWII......

    Vietnam it hard to watch, but as with all his documentaries, covers a lot from all angles.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    WWII vets have said his "The War" was the only film they had seen that told of the war, the way it was.
    Just added that to my Netflix queue.

    Notably, "queue" is not so much a word as a letter followed by repeating vowels.

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