American Experience: Las Vegas - An Unconventional History

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Ever since it's post-World War II boom Las Vegas has had many identities, in this documentary originally seen on PBS, the city that has been known as everything from "Sin City" to a family-friendly desert oasis is explored in all of it's glittering glory. Few American cities have received as many identity makeovers as Las Vegas, now look beyond the history books to investigate the fascinating story of this gambler's paradise from a new and unique perspective.
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Ever since it's post-World War II boom Las Vegas has had many identities, in this documentary originally seen on PBS, the city that has been known as everything from "Sin City" to a family-friendly desert oasis is explored in all of it's glittering glory. Few American cities have received as many identity makeovers as Las Vegas, now look beyond the history books to investigate the fascinating story of this gambler's paradise from a new and unique perspective.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Making of Las Vegas: An Unconventional History; Let's Face It: A 1950s Federal Civil Defense Administration film on nuclear testing
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • UPC: 841887050777
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Murphy Voice Only
Technical Credits
Stephen Ives Director, Producer
Michelle Ferrari Screenwriter
Sari Gilman Editor
Joel Goodman Score Composer
Michael Levine Editor
Amanda Pollak Producer
Mark Samels Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Las Vegas
1. Introduction [1:52]
2. Paradise Found [2:06]
3. The Marriage Culture [11:58]
4. The Syndicate Boom [3:18]
5. Fenced In [11:09]
6. Odds Against Kefauver [2:09]
7. In Vegas, But Not of It [4:14]
8. The Atomic City [3:10]
9. Feathers and Rhinestones [6:29]
10. An Adult Playground [3:37]
11. Levels of Sin [11:06]
12. A Color Line [3:14]
13. The Rat Pack [7:57]
14. Credits [5:48]
1. Introduction [1:52]
2. Sweet Centennial [2:16]
3. A Mobster Metropolis [5:17]
4. Transit Town [4:03]
5. The Eccentric Billionaire [8:04]
6. Embracing the Establishment [2:26]
7. Corporate Vegas [11:46]
8. An Identity Crisis [4:09]
9. The Last Resort [4:18]
10. Reinventing Vegas [3:06]
11. Bet on the Future [3:19]
12. Credits [21:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Las Vegas
   Play Part I
   Play Part II
   Scene Selections
      Part I
      Part II
   Special Features
      Making of Las Vegas: Filmmaker Stephen Ives Talks About His Work
      Let's Face It: Watch a 1950s Government Film on Nuclear Tests Near Las Vegas
   PBS Online
   American Experience
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