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Project Twenty: Mark Twain's America

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Filmmaker Stephen Low presents a view of 19th-century America as the author may have seen it. Anne Bancroft narrates.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Howard Lindsay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SHANACHIE
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOVX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on October 1, 2001
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I have used this film--and now the much more convenient VHS-- in my classes on American literatue and culture class for years. It's a wonderful introduction to Twain and to American culture at the turn of the 20th century. The film is based on Bernard deVoto's classic study of the same title. The emphasis is on Twain's AMERICA. It is a comprehensive survey of American culture, how Twain illuminated that culture and how he himself was influenced by it. It is not a "talking head" production but a pastiche of images--still photos, film clips, etc--from late nineteenth century and early twentieth century America, including some footage of Twain himself. Some viewers may find it dated,but very time I view it, I'm fascinated once again.
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By Allan Avery on January 17, 2013
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Great content! A nice documentary to preserve the historic record. I have found this very useful in my curriculum development.
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Released in the 1970's as part of NBCs Project Twenty documentary series, this video looks at the changes in America and Clemons himself during the mid-1800s to just a little beyond the turn of the century. His experiences growing up in the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri as well as his travels to Nevada & California and subsequently to Europe certainly provided much material for his humor and wit. While this DVD is not as in-depth as Ken Burns documentary, I found it very enjoyable.
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This is a quick overview of Mark Twain's life. There is very little about the Guilded Age in it. I had hoped there would be more substantive history in there, or more of his humor.
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