Cold War 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
(23) IMDb 8.2/10

23. Wall Comes Down TV-NR CC

The dominoes fall: incredibly quickly, the Soviet bloc is breaking up, virtually without bloodshed.

Starring:
Kenneth Branagh, James Baker III
Runtime:
47 minutes
Original air date:
May 8, 2012

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Kenneth Branagh, James Baker III
Supporting actors George Bush, Anatoly Cherniayev, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Conny Hanschmann, Frank Joachim Herrmann, Stefan Heym, Erzsebet Hrozova, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Gisela Kallenbach, Viacheslav Kochemasov, Egon Krenz, Monika Langenhan, Jochen Lässig, Igor F. Maximytchev, Miklós Németh, Ulrike Poppe, Imre Pozsgay
Season year 2018
Network Warner Bros.
Producers Martin Smith
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davidmesaaaz on June 12, 2014
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CNN's Cold War is an incredible documentary. it's really one of the best ever made. It interviews everyone from heads of state like Margret Thatcher and Fidel Castro to interviews of the actual North Korean soldiers who started the Korean War. They interviewed the East German border guards who disobeyed their shoot to kill orders and just opened up the gates to West Berlin. I was amazed that they even found those people.
It's narrated by Kenneth Branagh and the best episodes are Iron Curtain, Marshall Plan, Berlin, The Wall, Spies, Star Wars and The Wall Comes down. My all time favorite episode was Berlin. I was amazed to learn that the United States nearly caved into Soviet pressure in the early days of the Cold War. The officials from the United states only walked away from the negotiating table only when hundreds of thousands of Germans flooded the streets and demanded their freedom. After watching it I just wanted to start singing the "Do you hear the people Sing? anthem from Les Miserables.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2013
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The 1960s were an odd time in the life of Russia, which was then the heart of the Soviet Union. On the one hand, the Soviets got themselves enmeshed into the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was clearly a warlike adventure by Khruschev that was destined to and did end badly. On the other hand, Khruschev was motivated to try to improve the Soviet standard of living and ease up on the worst aspects of Communist repression from the Stalin years. To some extent he succeeded, and this episode tells this story in an interesting and impactful way. The Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia during the Brezhnev-Kosygin years revealed a backlash against liberation. This too is told here and makes a fascinating story. For those of us who lived through this period, this episode "Red Spring" give an interesting and persuasive perspective to those events. Recommended. RJB.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on May 30, 2014
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This series tells the story, without obvious bias or triumphalism, of the Cold War. Through such a telling and through recently opened archives, little known nuances are touched upon to show the give and take between the two great powers. There were many times the two came close to direct conflict and the destruction of the world. Each time there were those who brought us back from the brink of destruction. As much as each side demonized the other, both clearly had cooler heads than their rhetoric suggested. Though nuclear war was averted, there remained the many lives lost to the proxy wars of those caught in the political net between the two super powers. A sad but revealing history of our recent past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. on September 14, 2014
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I used a couple episodes from this series for my American History class that I teach. It wasnt bad. It was certainly insightful and educational. It was just kind of hard for my kids to get into. Definitely not meant for high school students. Something more like America the Story of Us is a little more appropriate for high school students, although then you have to worry about the accuracy of the "history" with the History Channel.

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I really enjoyed Episode 8: "Sputnik," the only episode I have viewed.

"Sputnik" is about far more than the 1957 launch of the first satellite that ushered in the Space Age; it's about the tech side of the Cold War. The episode starts with the Soviet Union developing the atomic bomb in 1949 and ends with the launch of the first human into space, Yuri Gagarin, in 1961.

While Soviet achievements in space were viewed with alarm in the US and the West -- a booster that could send a satellite or human into space could also be an ICBM delivering a nuclear bomb -- the technical complexity of these tasks and their historical importance were also appreciated. The ambiguity with which the early Soviet space program was viewed in the West was nicely captured by the episode. The episode also did an excellent job placing the early Soviet and US space programs in historical context, describing their nuclear and propaganda aspects.

I was particularly impressed by the episode showing the positive and negative aspects of how both the Soviet Union and United States addressed the early era of space exploration.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2014
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I am extremely pleased by this documentary. It is non-biased, which surprised me considering it was made by Americans. It shows that both sides had good and bad qualities. If you are a history buff, or are interested in the Cold War. I highly recommend this series. Its not for the mild to moderately interested. It requires commitment. But you will learn a lot, and discover things that you wouldn't learn (nearly) anywhere else. Outside a University classroom. Like covert secrets just recently released thanks to President Clinton's 'Freedom of Information Act'. Also discover that the Soviet Union were not the "Evil Empire" that Reagan made them out to be. Like I said and backed up by this Series, BOTH sides had good and bad qualities. BOTH sides did some evil stuff. BOTH sides had good and bad leaders. All in all, best historical documentary I ever watched.
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By TexasBuckeye on June 23, 2015
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This series is excellent. Well worth the money if you're a fan of history or enjoy learning about the Cold War. It has interviews and footage that I've never seen before - some of the interviews look like they are from the mid-1990s. I was hoping the episode "Spies" would be better or that there would be more than one episode dedicated to this considering it was essentially from 1917-1991 that the espionage battle was fought.

Regardless, it's a great series. Very informative.
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