American Experience - Las Vegas - An Unconventional History
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Today, Las Vegas is a booming modern metropolitan city that is amidst a flowering period where money stream into the city through a constant flow of tourists. It has, ever since the completion of the railway that runs through Las Vegas, been a city friendly to strangers. However, the kindness towards strangers has always been reciprocal, as the city provides pleasures while the strangers dropped their hard earned money in a few minutes of hope and desire for something better. Through gambling and prostitution Las Vegas exchanged money for dreams with the visitors, and this is how people helped build this concrete giant.
Despite the banning of gambling, the bars and gambling spots continued to provide the service for the visitors. The building of the Hoover Dam and the development of the atomic bomb also helped boost the number of visitors to Las Vegas, as there was nothing else to do in the arid city than to drink booze, party, and gamble. Thus, the city became a hot spot for those who sought some escape from the hard reality outside its city limits.Read more ›
This is disappointing since it is kind of distant from what we see today. After I've visited Las Vegas twice and watched this film, a gap is certainly there and I just cannot bridge them together. I'd like to know more about Steve Wynn, how these latest casinos are built, what they look like inside...etc.
So if you really intend to know the history of Las Vegas, it is a fine piece. But if you are in the case like me more preferring in the modern part of Las Vegas, you should leave it aside.
Something I really like about this documentary is that besides analyzing causes and narrating history, it often features present-day people who have some kind of role in the city, such as a gambling addict whose addiction caused him to attempt a bank robbery, a schoolteacher who explains the negative impact on kids--because of their parents working at the casinos and resorts in evenings and the fact that people can make good money WITHOUT education in Vegas--and numerous other people.
The DVD also includes a 1950s government film on nuclear testing and the importance of being prepared for nuclear disaster, by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, and it's a powerful reminder that they were just as scared back then about destruction as people have been since 9/11 about terrorism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for a friend of mine who loves Las Vegas and is now living there. This book is very interesting lol even I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Missy
This was an interesting documentary that told the history of Las Vegas from its founding as a rail depot in 1905, to becoming the gambling & entertainment capital of the world. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Ian Holdsworth
This was the first film I "hated" on Netflix. It gloried in the filthiness of "Vegas." It was very disappointing, for a PBS American Experience.Published on June 21, 2011 by J. P. Simonds
I am a hard core Las Vegas lover and student. This documentary, along with the A&E/History Channel Las Vegas documentary are clearly the best profiles of the City and its history. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by ajl623
My initial exposure to Las Vegas began in the late 70's as a very young child. My memories of Vegas are deep, both good and bad. I've never really taken the time to study the town. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by Bigstory