Cold War: The Complete Series
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CNN’s landmark Peabody and Television Critics Association Award-winning series examines nearly five decades of history and is the crystallization of a massive three-year effort spearheaded executive producer Jeremy Isaacs (The World at War). Its production team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and screened 1,500 hours of archival film material, including historically important -- and often emotionally stunning -- images, many not seen before by an international audience. The crew traveled to 31 countries and conducted more than 500 interviews, many with key players of the time who rarely go before the cameras. Conceived by CNN founder Ted Turner, this extraordinary 24-episode chronicle has emerged as the definitive audiovisual record of this tumultuous era of world history.]]>
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Personally I can attest that the vignettes on Chile and Angola are 'spot on.' The episodes on the Hungarian uprising and the subsequent disinterment of executed premier Imry Nagy still bring tears to my eyes. The interviews with Beria's son, who was responsible for bugging FDR's residence at Yalta and providing the transcripts to Stalin every morning, underscored that Stalin never played by the rules of Queensbury.
Over all, I found the series even-balanced and broad ranging. Howver, I did feel that the portrayal of McCarthyism and the Rosenbergs was not evenly balanced with the murder and gulags that were commonplace in the Soviet Union. In part, perhaps, this was because virtually no graphic film was available on these Soviet shenanigans.
I have watched the entire series perhaps ten times and discover (or re-discover) surprising aspects of the Cold War on each viewing. For someone who lived throughout this period, and, especially, for teachers and students for whom the Cold War is as inexplicable as was World War I was to me, this is a must see. I also strongly recommend the companion COLD WAR book, which covers the same material in a less vivid manner. I strongly advise that you see the video---and then see it again. This is the most comprehensive, important history documentary series that I have ever experienced (I was Founding Editor of Film & History's Guide to Documentary Films).
I also was surprised by what happened on the other side of the Iron Curtain as told in this film. Especially on the attempted modernization of the USSR by Khrushchev. That & his secret speech which was leaked by the Mossad which denounced Stalin and his tyranny. It was sad on how Castro was the major factor that caused his downfall from power. I shall not go on and expose things that will amaze and surprise a potential buyer from viewing this excellent film. Except to say that the choice of Mr.Kenneth Branagh was top drawer.
All in all it is well worth the time and coin I spent on this and I highly commend it to those who are interested in this period of history!.