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The American Future: A History

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The votes in the 2008 presidential election have been cast, and as the citizens of the United States struggle to remain optimistic in the wake of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Enron, and Baghdad, cultural critic Simon Schama explores America's frustrating attempts to come to terms with its own limits. At the dawn of the 21st Century, military woes and domestic anxieties were growing. In order to gain a greater understanding of the present situation, the filmmakers behind The American Future: A History, take a ...
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Overview

The votes in the 2008 presidential election have been cast, and as the citizens of the United States struggle to remain optimistic in the wake of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Enron, and Baghdad, cultural critic Simon Schama explores America's frustrating attempts to come to terms with its own limits. At the dawn of the 21st Century, military woes and domestic anxieties were growing. In order to gain a greater understanding of the present situation, the filmmakers behind The American Future: A History, take a compelling look into our nation's past. Perhaps by finding contemporary counterparts such legendary historical figures as Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and General Lucius Clay and revisiting crucial moments in American history, we can gain a glimpse into our nation's potential future. At the moment of truth, perhaps our best hope is to take a cue from the history books and consider the wisdom of our forefathers.
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Special Features

Includes a special introduction by Simon Schama, filmed on November 5th, 2008, where he discusses why he chose to do this project, how the Presidential Election has inspired him and how America is once again reinventing itself; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • UPC: 883929050499
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 71,945

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Schama Participant
Technical Credits
Sam Hobkinson Director, Producer
Ricardo Pollack Director, Producer
Paul Binns Editor
Joe Carey Editor
Jan Cholawo Editor
Andy Cowton Score Composer
Eamon Hardy Executive Producer
Matthew Hill Associate Producer
Susannah Price Producer
Glynis Robertson Production Manager
Simon Schama Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The American Future: A History
1. Chapter 1 [8:04]
2. Chapter 2 [13:55]
3. Chapter 3 [8:22]
4. Chapter 4 [9:06]
5. Chapter 5 [8:47]
6. Chapter 6 [11:04]
1. Chapter 1 [8:20]
2. Chapter 2 [12:28]
3. Chapter 3 [8:10]
4. Chapter 4 [10:43]
5. Chapter 5 [11:10]
6. Chapter 6 [8:13]
Disc #2 -- The American Future: A History
1. Chapter 1 [10:33]
2. Chapter 2 [8:04]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [12:56]
5. Chapter 5 [9:26]
6. Chapter 6 [8:04]
1. Chapter 1 [8:21]
2. Chapter 2 [11:05]
3. Chapter 3 [6:40]
4. Chapter 4 [13:18]
5. Chapter 5 [9:29]
6. Chapter 6 [9:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The American Future: A History
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   Simon Schama Introduction
   Episode Selection
      American Plenty
      American War
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      American Plenty
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Disc #2 -- The American Future: A History
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   Episode Selection
      American Fervour
      What Is an American?
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      American Fervour
      What Is an American?
   Photo Gallery
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