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American Experience: The Duel
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Most of the video is shown in reenactments, with good photography and colour, giving a useful idea of the time period. Then we have the use of the `talking heads' - the historians that could have been shown for a minute of face time and then narrated their thoughts and facts behind the flowing reenactment scenes; but instead we are subjected to them popping in and out of the film to explain the history. This is a huge irritant in these historical films/DVDs.
There is a thorough recounting of the events leading up to the duel between the two men and of the attitude of the day towards duels and how they were carried out. The varying accounts of Hamilton's and Burr's seconds are given and the results of the duel on Burr's life afterward are well done.
This is a fine historical account, as long as you do not have too much of an aversion to the historical talking heads.
Of particular interest are the reading of actual letters between these two men. You can see the tension mounting as each letter and its reply are read. You get the sense that neither man wanted this to end as it did, but each man's pride compelled him to follow this track to its ultimate end.
Highly recommended for history buffs, and even your casual viewer should find himself drawn in.
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Takes one of the most memorable, history altering moments of our history and makes it dull, boring and not worth your purchase. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by csmith8354
This video fails to mention the recent discovery that the dueling pistols (provided by Hamilton) had the secret advantage of a set trigger, which sheds great light both on the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Diogenes