American Experience: Buffalo Bill

Overview

Experience the story of the man who cemented the concept of Wild West mythology in the hearts and minds of nostalgic historians across the globe in this documentary detailing the remarkable life of William Cody. A common plainsman who realized the potential for profit in exploiting the more sensational aspects of the old west, Cody adapted the nickname "Buffalo Bill" and premiered "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" to enthusiastic New York City crowds back in 1886. An elaborate production featuring cowboys, Indians,...
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Overview

Experience the story of the man who cemented the concept of Wild West mythology in the hearts and minds of nostalgic historians across the globe in this documentary detailing the remarkable life of William Cody. A common plainsman who realized the potential for profit in exploiting the more sensational aspects of the old west, Cody adapted the nickname "Buffalo Bill" and premiered "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" to enthusiastic New York City crowds back in 1886. An elaborate production featuring cowboys, Indians, sharpshooters (including the famed Annie Oakley), horses, buffalo, elk, donkeys, and a cast of over 200, the show dazzled New York crowds before hitting the road and impressing audiences in London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. Some called him a huckster while others called him a genius, but everyone agrees that "Buffalo Bill Cody" was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping the concept of the Wild West alive and kicking decades after the railroad came to town.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Teacher's guide PDF
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • UPC: 841887009188
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Ben Cramer Voice Only
Technical Credits
Rob Rapley Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Chin Cinematographer
Joel Goodman Score Composer
Penny Elliott Hays Editor
Sierra Pettengill Associate Producer
Mark Samels Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Buffalo Bill
2. Introduction [2:04]
3. Scout and Buffalo Hunter [8:53]
4. Inventing Buffalo Bill [8:52]
5. The World At His Feet [9:28]
6. Native Americans In the Wild West Show [8:50]
7. The Frontier Story Is the American Story [13:19]
8. Credits [1:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Buffalo Bill
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Teacher's Guide
      Audio Setup
         5.1 Surround Sound: On
         5.1 Surround Sound: Off
   PBS.ORG
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