American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns
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With ample time devoted to it's many evolutions, each chapter is both informative and facinating. I have watched the entire series many times, and I am always amazed at how emotionally moving the legacy of this great city really is.
For the record, I have never been to New York, but I feel I will have a tremendous historic and cultural insight, when I eventually do.
What Ric Burns and his team have done here is present an exhaustive history of a great American city, with particular focus on the political figures at the center of it all. Peter Stuyvesant, Boss Tweed, F.H. LaGuardia, Robert Moses and countless others are given extensive coverage, as are the lives of the immigrant population that were affected, for better or worse, by these political giants. We see the various crises, upheavals and tragedies that went on to shape the city, and how the lives of its residents adapted, often with great difficulty, to the city's changes and growth.
And yet those who know New York as a center of American culture will quickly notice something missing in this film. We see the great influx of immigrants but we learn little to nothing about how these different cultures went on to form the great melting pot. The creation of ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy are given only a passing mention. New York institutions like the Italian market and the Jewish deli are never seen, despite New York's position as the multicultural food capital of the world. The great Gilded Age of New York, as recounted by literary giants like Henry James and Edith Wharton, is virtually ignored. (Burns is somewhat more successful with F.Read more ›
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This is a Perfect video, very informative and great to watch with family and friends. Well done!!Published 6 days ago by nico
The series is super! However, there is one single episode toward the end where the entire episode moves away from being a historical documentary and becomes instead a tendentious... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Roger D. Leahey
unbelievable documentary series, great job through and through. Highly recommend thisPublished 25 days ago by George
This documentary is excellent and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I got through episode five or so, and then I believe they removed it from prime. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dgunner
I was watching this free last night and when I returered this morning it charged me to continue. I will unhook prime so I dont do this againPublished 1 month ago by Fred L. Persing
The timeline of NY City was done well and was very educational. I really liked how the producers kept going back to areas of the city to show the changes that happened and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Volkmar
One of my favorite documentaries! Very engaging with minimal dramatic reenactments and CG effects. Well done!Published 2 months ago by Beverly S.