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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE FINEST BURNS DOCUMENTARY

    I own all the documentaries of Ric and Ken Burns...and I mean ALL of them. But this early film, one of Ric Burns. first, is still my favorite. Forget everything you think about Coney Island today, because a century ago it was the center of the universe. People came from all over the world to experience the three great amusement parks which stood there. They were more like World's Fairs than amusement parks, introducing the world to electric lights, motion pictures, "infant incubators", and the like. Burns uses beautiful old footage and haunting music to recreate a time and place you can scarcely believe actually existed. Lasting only a few short years before burning to the ground, this Coney island was an amazing, frightening, mind-boggling place, and Ric Burns brings it back to life expertly. You'll never think of Coney island in the same way again!

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