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    [GW83] Watching Ken Burns' Documentary On VietNam on Netflix

    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.

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    Added it to my List (along with his work on The West).
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    Added it to my List (along with his work on The West).
    I expect a full report on my desk no later than July 15.

    Seriously. I can't praise it enough not the least of which reason is because it starts with the history of Viet Nam and France's colonization of the country and really, really gets into the weeds of the war.

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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's VERY good as Ken Burns stuff usually is.

    I saw it last fall, and the best part is how they tell the story from all sides.

    US soldiers, Viet Cong, NVA, American draft dodgers, soldiers family members, American and Vietnamese politicians...all tell their side.

    They don't sugar coat the story, and they throw all 3 presidents under the bus, OOPS, I mean they tell how all three played politics with the war and our soldiers lives.

    It's a great documentary.

    Can't wait for Burns next documentary which will be about Country Music.

    Sounds boring, but I bet it'll be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    It's VERY good as Ken Burns stuff usually is.

    I saw it last fall, and the best part is how they tell the story from all sides.

    US soldiers, Viet Cong. NVA, American draft dodgers, soldiers family members, all tell their side.

    They don't sugar coat the story, and they throw all 3 presidents under the bus, OOPS, I mean they tell how all three played politics with the war and our soldiers lives.

    It's a great documentary.

    Can't wait for Burns next documentary which will be about Country Music.

    Sounds boring, but I bet it'll be great.
    Great post. You nailed it and stuck the landing. And yes, this doc definitely humanizes the North Vietnamese when others have not. And I loved the threads on the families and individuals.

    As for Ken Burns being boring, please. That's not possible. I've watched his docs on the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, along with his classic on the Civil War and have never been bored. I didn't watch the one on baseball, though. Ken Burns is a national treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    Great post. You nailed it and stuck the landing. And yes, this doc definitely humanizes the North Vietnamese when others have not. And I loved the threads on the families and individuals.

    As for Ken Burns being boring, please. That's not possible. I've watched his docs on the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, along with his classic on the Civil War and have never been bored. I didn't watch the one on baseball, though. Ken Burns is a national treasure.
    The one on baseball was excellent. All of his work is excellent. I also agree, he is a national treasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    Great post. You nailed it and stuck the landing. And yes, this doc definitely humanizes the North Vietnamese when others have not. And I loved the threads on the families and individuals.

    As for Ken Burns being boring, please. That's not possible. I've watched his docs on the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, along with his classic on the Civil War and have never been bored. I didn't watch the one on baseball, though. Ken Burns is a national treasure.
    Burns is not boring, but when I first heard about his next project, Country Music, I thought it was a boring subject.

    Then I thought about how all his documentaries are fantastic.

    Country Music will probably be great!

    I will watch anything by him.
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    Just got Netflix. Haven't watched anything on it yet. I was going to start with OITNB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    Great post. You nailed it and stuck the landing. And yes, this doc definitely humanizes the North Vietnamese when others have not. And I loved the threads on the families and individuals.

    As for Ken Burns being boring, please. That's not possible. I've watched his docs on the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, along with his classic on the Civil War and have never been bored. I didn't watch the one on baseball, though. Ken Burns is a national treasure.
    You know, the ONLY Ken Burns documentary I've ever watched is his History of Jazz, which I own on DVD, because I love jazz, and it is simply wonderful. I really MUST watch some of his others, and will HAVE to watch his documentary on Country Music as well, because I DO love SOME country music, especially the EARLIER country music, which I bet he will focus on, because he did the same with jazz----in fact, some people criticized him for that, but I thought he got it right, because jazz HAS gone downhill from about 1965 on....I might enjoy his documentaries on the Dust Bowl and on Prohibition and on the Civil War and on Vietnam. I will NOT watch his documentary on baseball, because baseball BORES me to DEATH. Not even Ken Burns could make that interesting for me, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Burns is not boring, but when I first heard about his next project, Country Music, I thought it was a boring subject.

    Then I thought about how all his documentaries are fantastic.

    Country Music will probably be great!

    I will watch anything by him.
    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.

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