American Experience: Earth Days DVD & Blu-ray

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Earth Days traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America.
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Earth Days traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America.

Director Robert Stone ("Oswald's Ghost," "Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst") drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never before seen archival footage, examines the revolutionary achievements - and missed opportunities - of a decade of groundbreaking activism. The result is both a poetic meditation on man's complex relationship with nature and a probing analysis of past responses to environmental crisis.

Includes:
Interviews with former Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall; renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins; Biologist Paul Ehrlich; former congressman Pete McCloskey; Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes; and Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schwecikart;

Footage of all the presidents from JFK to George W. Bush discussing the environment;

Stunning satellite footage of the Earth included in the film; and

Consumer web site available, www.pbs.org/amex

Bonus features include:
First Film: Pollution 1972 (with Robert Stone commentary); and
Commentary by filmmaker Robert Stone.

Producer: Robert Stone
Production Year: 2010
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Content Warning: This program contains material that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Experienced
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Where weve been, where we need to go.
Review by Experienced on 07/17/20 review stating Where weve been, where we need to go.
This was a very comprehensive coverage of the many attempts to address our environmental and economic issues since the first Earth Day. It showed many good and sometimes successful efforts and the many missteps we have taken as well. There were lessons to be learned in this program for our current issues not only climate, energy but other issues as well. Divisiveness is rampant today and it destroys our opportunity to work towards solutions. The future lies in our working together and promoting global unity in addressing these problems facing all on this our only planet. I highly recommend this program.
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Enthusiast
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Wonderful film
Review by Enthusiast on 07/17/20 review stating Wonderful film
Extremely detailed, completely absorbing story of the history of Americas first global industry, and information that was new to me about Melvilles reasons for writing Moby Dick.
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Enigma
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Timeless Classic
Review by Enigma on 07/17/20 review stating A Timeless Classic
Watch,Listen,Learn Share. Not only will it stir ones imagination, it will speak to your heart and bring a tear to your eye.
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Caementarius
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Family History w/CCC
Review by Caementarius on 07/17/20 review stating Family History w/CCC
If the product is the same as the PBS American Experience show I just watched, it will make a great Christmas present for my dad, a CCC veteran. I interviewed my dad (and mom) just to collect family history and my dad talked a lot about his time in the CCC in Texas - coming off the farm in Alto Texas and working through the CCC until he enlisted in the Army. Great stuff!
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Phoenician M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Another triumphant Ric Burns film
Review by Phoenician M. on 07/17/20 review stating Another triumphant Ric Burns film
Ric Burns has made of the American whaling industry a gripping narrative which keeps you glued to your seat.It is history at its most exciting, examining not just the development of an important commercial activity but illuminating critical features of the American psyche itself. Burns is a consummate artist, as his use of the ill-fated voyage of the Essex and Melvilles masterpiece, Moby Dick, to help us understand the complicated nature of a quintessential American industry elegantly demonstrates. Simply superb.
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Tk
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Another great story in our US history
Review by Tk on 07/17/20 review stating Another great story in our US history
My father has often told me about his experience in the CCCs but until this documentary I didnt realize how special it was to our countrys recovery in very hard times. Hes 95 and still going strong which Im sure has a little to do with the experience in the CCCs. Im buying him the DVD for Xmas.
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Cheryl
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Masterful!!!!
Review by Cheryl on 07/17/20 review stating Masterful!!!!
Ive just finished viewing and can say that this is indeed one of the finest documentaries Ive ever seen.
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1967 V.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
MY LAI
Review by 1967 V. on 07/17/20 review stating MY LAI
This documentary is a testament of the horrible effects of war on innocent civilians and on the once innocent youth who are sent to fight and kill in those wars. MY LAI stands as one of the worst massacres of innocent civilians by American troops since the war with the Native Americans. Unfortunately such massacres are a fundamental part of warfare and are now classified as collateral damage when caused by just a few hands sending smart bombs, artillery shells and cluster bombs against presumed targets of opportunity. The war crimes conducted during and after MY LAI include the sanitization of the charges against the perpetrators and those who covered up the horror. To our shame, we, who allowed these crimes to go unpunished, are all complicit. Let us never forget the people of MY LAI.
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Steve
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
An amazing story - well told
Review by Steve on 07/17/20 review stating An amazing story - well told
I watched the story unfold, at times with tears in my eyes, as I realized the amazing story my father, and so many other young men, lived. If only just a part of that long ago spirit and determination could be found today, our country would be far better off.
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Mc C.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A must see and buy
Review by Mc C. on 07/17/20 review stating A must see and buy
A deeply moving tale of humans, history and the discovery of the economy of natural resources.
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Didn't W.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Brilliant historical documentary
Review by Didn't W. on 07/17/20 review stating Brilliant historical documentary
Beautiful, moving and extremely informative. This film conveys so much about whaling in a relatively compact two hours. For someone who knew very little about whaling and nothing about the Essex story and its influence on Melville, it was a rich and fascinating film.
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J W.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
They made US better!
Review by J W. on 07/17/20 review stating They made US better!
This was compelling, inspiring, and beautifully done. BRAVO! Im buying it for my father for Christmas. He was in the CCC in Shenandoah and like the WONDERFUL narrators in this documentary, he felt that it helped make him the brave, resourceful and strong man he was. He, too, felt this experience prepared him for his later challenge in the navy in time for WWII. THANKS so much for this superb film! Jo Ann Wright
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A E.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Extremely relevant film. A must see.
Review by A E. on 07/17/20 review stating Extremely relevant film. A must see.
Brilliant, beautiful Film. Extremely interesting interweaving of the story of Yankee whaling and the life and work of Herman Melville.
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Pbs V.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Superb program
Review by Pbs V. on 07/17/20 review stating Superb program
A Superb documentary. Complex and nuanced history, beautifully told
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The L.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
wish this were available as a book.
Review by The L. on 07/17/20 review stating wish this were available as a book.
I have a piece carved from whale bone similar to something shown in this program, I always thought it might be meant to be used as a pie edge cutter. It is a circular wavy edged disc on a short handle with a thumb shaped piece on the other end. Was found in an 1800s sewing table given my mother by a woman in Brooklyn who was descended from an early Dutch family, her married name was KEENE, but unfortunately I dont recall the Dutch name, though I believe an avenue or boulevard in Brooklyn was named for them.
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Depression K.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Everyone should see this!
Review by Depression K. on 07/17/20 review stating Everyone should see this!
Anyone who didnt live it needs to see what the CCC did that was so important during the great depression.
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Bobbaloo
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Outstanding work
Review by Bobbaloo on 07/17/20 review stating Outstanding work
As a New England resident for 30 years, I (and many) were told of the economic engine whales were two centuries ago. In fact, I knew individuals from old whaling money. But in fact, it was a blur on the screen of history to me...unclear and murky with so much history in America in such a relative short time (200 years). This film brought the reality to an unbelievable forefront. It blended a great script and story telling with excellent archival footage, and key noted micro events surrounded with the global multi-faceted thrust of what whaling became to this nation and the world. All of this was great as a historical learning experience, but when it became wrapped in Melvilles allegory of whaling related to the demise of the union, amidst todays global economic oil debacle, and the current golf spill, the story took on compelling story lines. Truly excellent and I applaud its creators.
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Dano
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
allmost as good as chicago city of the c
Review by Dano on 07/17/20 review stating allmost as good as chicago city of the c
as goood as most american experiences
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Ellie N.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
America needs another New Deal
Review by Ellie N. on 07/17/20 review stating America needs another New Deal
Born, raised and educated in the US, I left for Canada at 21 for a country unafraid of democratic socialism. My education in history in school was pretty dull, and I always wanted to learn more than we did about the New Deal - it was the only thing exciting to me. Not wars. This should be required viewing for every high school in the USA.
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Rico A.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Critically Significant To Comprehend Americas Role
Review by Rico A. on 07/17/20 review stating Critically Significant To Comprehend Americas Role
1 November 2016 The My Lai Massacre reflects but a microcosm of Americas role in the Vietnam War. The film critically assesses and objectively evaluates the committed atrocity which is indefensible and inexcusable and yet serves as a illustrative vehicle for future generations of Americans to learn about the patent incongruities of war.

"A beautifully composed tribute to visionary thinking and political ingenuity." - The New York Times

"A tale of vision, education, organization, and determination." - Rick Warner, Bloomberg News

"A rapturous and enlightening testament of what the environmental movement has meant in America, and to why now it means more than ever." - Entertainment Weekly

"The film should be required viewing for any environmentalists and prospective environmentalists." -  The Daily Green



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