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PBS: The Vietnam War (Ken Burns)

Postby jfko6 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:57 pm

ARLINGTON, VA; April 12, 2017 -- THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28. Each episode will premiere at 8:00 p.m. ET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere (check local listings). The Vietnam War



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Re: PBS: The Vietnam War (Ken Burns)

Postby alohakid » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:20 pm

Look forward to this... hope its not too politicized... lived overseas during the VW and met many Marines who recounted horrible stories...

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Re: PBS: The Vietnam War (Ken Burns)

Postby Mpitt » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:21 pm

Thanks for the reminder. I don't want to miss this, of course, I'll probably end up getting the Blurays eventually anyway.

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Postby jfko6 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:42 pm

My neighbor is looking forward to this. He lived during it. He tried to enlist but got rejected.

He recounted the enlistees passed out on the floor during medical processing because of fear of the needle.
I was very young during the war.

Ironically, the TV program broadcast back then was World at War about WWII probably on PBS.

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Postby alohakid » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:53 am

Good morning ladies - Started watching the series Saturday and I'm currently on episode #5... great insight into how the U.S. was dragged into the conflict... however, I'll wait for the conclusion before passing final judgement... so far, there's some reservations.

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Postby jfko6 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:12 am

People are talking about this around my neighborhood. Haven't caught up with it yet. Am actually studying early American history -- the Chespeake, Virginia Company, The Bay Colony and New England and Anglo-Indian wars.

I've been following Vietnam history in book and film for over thirty years. There has apparently been a renewed interest.

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Postby alohakid » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:34 pm

jfko6 - FYI... found the following article.. after reading, let me know your thoughts:

Veterans angry, disappointed following PBS’ Vietnam War documentary

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/29/veterans-angry-disappointed-following-pbs-vietnam-war-documentary/

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Postby jfko6 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:28 pm

Read the article. This is a type of contrarian viewpoint. I thought it relied more on American soldier sentiment but the overall premise was with the South Vietnamese. The young Vietnamese girl I believe came to America. How she got here is irrelevant. In America we take are freedoms seriously as if to say she wasn't entitled to go where she wanted.

Burns implies he would like to have added more content which every good director does point out. This piece is not totally without merit but if you really get into Vietnam War history soldier dissatisfaction with many artistic efforts is common. Burns chose to focus his film on certain aspects of the war. And the war protests happen to be a big part of the sixties. During the sixties there was the Civil Rights Movement and this can connect to Vietnam war protesting. It's probably in the film. What one might not realize was that these movements were real powerful forces that Did effect real change within our government. So can't fault Burns [still need to see it - hope to get new insight].

Perhaps the show is not specificity in terms of South Vietnam war history; afterall, those we were protecting throughout the war was the South Vietnamese which is already implied.

I have a recommendation. An excellent book on all things Vietnam can be found below. Mouse over The Long Gray Line icon and link out to the book by Rick Atkinson.
Get that to supplement the documentary. You won't be disappointed. Excellent book. Remember when it was released.

This board contains source material on various different aspects of Vietnam. Was privy to hear a lecture from a Vietnam Vet last year who lost his foot. He was a helicopter pilot
and lost it when a high caliber round came through his helicopter while he was evacuating wounded.

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Postby BTemple » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:21 pm

jfko6 wrote:Read the article. This is a type of contrarian viewpoint. I thought it relied more on American soldier sentiment but the overall premise was with the South Vietnamese. The young Vietnamese girl I believe came to America. How she got here is irrelevant. In America we take are freedoms seriously as if to say she wasn't entitled to go where she wanted.

Burns implies he would like to have added more content which every good director does point out. This piece is not totally without merit but if you really get into Vietnam War history soldier dissatisfaction with many artistic efforts is common. Burns chose to focus his film on certain aspects of the war. And the protests happen to be a big part of the sixties. During the sixties there was the Civil Rights Movement and this can connect to Vietnam war protesting. It's probably in the film. What one might not realize was that these movements were real powerful forces that Did effect real change within our government. So can't fault Burns [still need to see it - hope to get new insight].

Perhaps the show is not specificity in terms of South Vietnam war history; afterall, those we were protecting throughout the war was the South Vietnamese which is already implied.

I have a recommendation. An excellent book on all things Vietnam can be found below. Mouse over The Long Gray Line icon and link out to the book by Rick Atkinson.
Get that to supplement the documentary. You won't be disappointed. Excellent book. Remember when it was released.

This board contains source material on various different aspects of Vietnam. Was privy to hear a lecture from a Vietnam Vet last year who lost his foot. He was a helicopter pilot
and lost it when a high caliber round came through his helicopter while he was evacuating wounded.

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Re: PBS: The Vietnam War (Ken Burns)

Postby RockyRaab » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:19 pm

The series was billed as a "discourse" of different views. Utter BS. It was a bitter, anti-war, leftist diatribe. It completely ignored those of us who went there to defend the South against communism, fought honestly, and came home with honor. There was little mention of the Air Force effort and none at all about the Navy.

Almost every person featured turned out to be an anti-war protester, from unknowns to celebrities. Burns' quintessential "soldier" was Tim O'Brien, the sissy man consumed by angst and self apology so beloved by the left. His books should have been titled "Kooking with Whine."
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


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