Ken Burns: Prohibition

Ken Burns: Prohibition

Director: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

Cast: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Peter Coyote

     
 

Co-directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the three-part, five-and-a-half hour documentary series Prohibition explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor -- and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. This utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about theSee more details below

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Co-directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the three-part, five-and-a-half hour documentary series Prohibition explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor -- and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. This utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality. When the country goes dry in 1920, after a century of debate, millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Here are the stories of the petty whiskey-jobbers, big-time bootleggers, and brutal gangsters; the flappers who danced the Charleston in New York speakeasies; and the families who stomped grapes in basements and made moonshine in backyards. But beyond the cocktails, this is a darker story about what happens when lobbyists divide the country with wedge issues; the contempt unleashed by smear campaigns; and the perils of unfunded mandates. By the 1930s, the "Noble Experiment" has bitterly divided the nation into wets, drys, and hypocrites. In 1933, with the country in the throes of the Great Depression, Americans have finally had enough -- and rally to repeal 18th Amendment and put an end to Prohibition.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0097368224742
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
6:00:00
Sales rank:
96,696

Special Features

In the Studio ; Bonus scenes ; Interview outtakes

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ken Burns: Prohibition - Disc 1 / Episode One - A Nation of Drunkards
1. A Nation of Drunkards [11:03]
2. The Absolute Shall [12:22]
3. The Whirlwind of the Lord [14:40]
4. Terribly Wonderful [9:10]
5. Hatchetation [7:32]
6. Retribution [8:54]
7. Real Americans [8:44]
8. The Time Is Now [8:41]
9. Hell for Rent [5:08]
1. Owled, Edged, Jingled, Piffed... [1:43]
2. Kentucky Bourbon [2:50]
3. And I Caught Hell [1:37]
4. He Never Did Get Caught [2:10]
5. San Francisco Welcomes Visitors From Italy, 1921 [1:38]
6. Hoover's Medicine Ball Cabinet [1:05]
7. An Object of Ridicule [2:15]
8. Ten Nights in a Bar Room [14:00]
1. Saloons [2:19]
2. The Nation That Man Is Perfectable [3:03]
3. It's Better to Know the Judge [4:20]
4. That's Just the Way Life Was [10:34]
5. Rebels of New York [2:40]
6. Somebody Got a Pineapple [6:04]
7. Kentucky [1:39]
8. Capone [5:52]
9. Roy Olmstead [2:50]
10. Tabloid Heroes [2:57]
11. You People Were Thirsty [8:01]
12. Gangs [3:46]
13. Bad Booze [1:32]
14. Lessons [2:01]
Disc #2 -- Ken Burns: Prohibition - Disc 2 / Episode Two - A Nation of Scofflaws
1. A Nation of Scofflaws [7:08]
2. This Law Will Be Obeyed [12:20]
3. The Good Bootlegger [6:24]
4. Satan's Seat [9:01]
5. Kind of Frightening [4:34]
6. The Circle [7:58]
7. Rum Row [3:39]
8. The Instrument of God [6:28]
9. A Bad Batch [1:50]
10. The Goons [8:46]
11. Everybody Was Happy [9:07]
12. Two Americas [7:57]
13. The Primrose Path [8:40]
14. Swallowing Firewater [1:41]
15. Whispering Wires [14:20]
Disc #3 -- Ken Burns: Prohibition - Disc 3 / Episode Three - A Nation of Hypocrites
1. A Nation of Hypocrites [8:13]
2. The Nightclub Whirl [11:30]
3. Beer Wars [13:09]
4. Let's Misbehave [6:49]
5. A Genuine American [15:26]
6. I Don't Like Prohibition Either [10:01]
7. From Murder to Massacre [7:31]
8. Hunger and Thirst [6:28]
9. Publicity, That's What Got Me [5:05]
10. The Bottom of the Barrel [7:27]
11. The Amber Flood [12:48]

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