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This review is from: Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (DVD)
I was fortunate enough to see a preview cut of The Dust Bowl last week in an event hosted by PBS and it's typical Ken Burns. Burns revolutionized the documentary format in 1990 with The Civil War. His style and technique changed the way stories are told now by historians and filmakers around the world through film. So it should come as no surprise that The Dust Bowl is yet another great work by the masterful director. The film documents the Dust Bowl through iconic pictures and film as Burns usually does, but it is told through the eyes of the survivors in a way that makes the experience even more powerful. I would describe the film as The Worst Hard Time comes ALIVE! If you enjoyed the book by Timothy Egan you will no doubt love this film. If you have not read the book by all means do yourself a favor and do so. Egan is a major contributor of course along with other historians as they are used to frame the events of the era, but it is the "survivors" that truly make the film special! I HIGHLY recommend this film to individuals that love history,to anyone who wants to learn more about the struggle of survival in one of the greatest man-made disasters in world history to anyone who just loves a great documentary.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2012 11:15:43 AM PDT
A customer says:
Can you perhaps compare this to the PBS American Experience program, "Surviving the Dust Bowl," which also tells the story through iconic images and moving interviews with survivors? Clearly the Ken Burns program is longer and presumably gives more examples, but is it significantly better, do you think? Do I need to have both available in my high school's resource center? Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2012 8:14:24 AM PDT
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As an educator myself both are extremely good. Lots of similar items covered in both, but if you are like me you can't ever have enough resources. It's 4 hours long so "clipping" will be a priority for me but anything by Burns is quality!!! For students however; Burns is best always in small doses(even my AP kids). But don't hesitate to see for yourself.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 4:25:21 PM PST
Eric Pregosin says:
I ordered mine elsewhere than Amazon for a change, and "the other party" mailed it too early. I have had my copy since Monday October 30. It is not as easy to watch as the rest of my copy of our man Ken's resume, because it's a tougher cross to bear. But it is a good film and as always tells it like it was and wows us to another intricate chapter of American history.
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