Skip to comments."The War" (A Ken Burns Film) Part 2 of 4; Now airing 7PM Central 9-24-07
Posted on 09/24/2007 5:05:53 PM PDT by VOA
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This is an announcement of the airing of part 2 (of 4?) of
Ken Burns "documentary" on WWII.
Here is a URL/link for the thread that includes comments on the first episodes
of Ken Burns’ “The War”.
Heads up!! “The War” begins tonight on PBS
A local talk show host in Connecticut gave it an execllent review. People in Connecticut are especially interested because one of the four communities featured is Waterbury, CT.
Interesting they discussed how all Americans were behind their president during WW2.
I thought part one was pretty good, in particular the fairly detailed treatment of Guadalcanal and the role of the Marine Raiders, and just what a tough slog it was.
Thanks for checking in.
I, like others, are watching with a bit of a critic’s eye.
Part One was pretty good, IMHO.
But Burns/PBS did have to include some agenda-driven segments.
Well, for that “Greatest Generation”, I guess they paid the price to
even let some folks have some politically-correct TomFoolery!
On the other hand, there were some very honest, forth-right AND GRAPHIC
images and verbal description of the Allies were “up against it” in
those early days after Pearl Harbor.
Partly because we didn't have a 24 hour news cycle back then...and that was back in the good ol days, when the office and officeholder were paid respect.
Those 88 were one nasty piece of artillary, especially if it was aimed at you.
The media did seem to have it out for Patton back then but for the most part you are correct.
That was one nasty baptism of fire.
“People in Connecticut are especially interested because one of the four
communities featured is Waterbury, CT.”
It sure was a wonderful image of WWII-era Waterbury in the film.
Hard-working immigrants (forgive me for saying it...legal immigrants),
doing the sort of precision work/machining that is seen as a loser’s profession
in today’s USA.
I got my mom (nine years old in north-central OK on Dec. 7, 1941) to
watch Part 1.
I said to her (about the small town America vignettes): “It was a
She said “You’re darned right it was!”
For reference about “Bloodbucket” from Part 1 thread:
76,000 men were lost in that first battle six month battle in Tunisia.
Although German, it was the favorite song of both sides during the battles in N. Africa.
Just another bump for publicity.
And I don’t know if all PBS outlets are doing this...but our station in
central Missouri follows up the first airing (starting at 7PM Central) with
a fairly immdiates re-run at 9PM.
Same here in Philly region. They do a replay from 10PM-12PM
My uncle who rarely stays up past 8 oclock now (he is 86) stayed up and watched the whole show last night. I kept dozing off during the first part of the show, he told me he was wide awake.
“I wonder if they are going to mention Lil Marline.”
IIRC, my brother said there was (probably 20 years ago) some film
about the movie highlighting the ironies behind it...the popularity
with both Axis and Allied troops, and that either the author of the lyrics
(or the manager of the prominent singer of the song) was a Jew in
the Third Reich (and untouched by the Nazis, IIRC)
“Interesting they discussed how all Americans were behind their president during WW2”
Apparently so. At least my parents and their families were supportive - and involved. However, I have heard accounts of a handful of people that didn’t want to get involved in “Europe’s War”, but then of
course Hitler ruined their plans when he declared war on us.
It's an interview with that famous intellectual -- Sean Pukeface Penn!
“I’m convinced that the only reason the Left and Liberal Democrats supported
World War II was because that doofus Hitler was stupid enough to attack
the Soviet Union, their favorite country.”
Here’s a profile on writer Dalton Trumbo.
As part of his Communist work during WWII...he’d “Name names” to
Of the people that asked for copies of his book “Johnny Got His Gun”.
Because Trumbo assumed that after Hitler finked on the non-aggresson
pact...any American pacifist must be a threat to continued aid to
the USSR by the USA.
Behind their President and for their country. . .
“I just logged on, saw this, and flipped to our PBS....barf!”
Sorry, if that was part of the Burns film, I missed it.
Maybe the airing time varies for some of the indivudual PBS outlets.
If Penn was on the air...right now it can only be for leftist fruitiness
or to pimp his recent film release.
Exactly what my husband and I were discussing after last night''s show.
The Left in the USA turned on a dime when Hitler attacked the Soviet Union.
I’m on eastern standard time. First hour almost over.
BTW I think it is a 7 part series.
I started watching yesterday...but I may be too type “A” for this program...I found the pace a little too slow, and the voice over a little too flat...so I was flipping to other channels. Tonight I watch Heros.
pbs put penn on the air out west so far,fair and balanced.
I hear ya. Sure isn’t like the voice of Shelby Foote, is it.
Behind their President and for their country. . .
But this thing is tedious.
When he landed they beat the hell out of him and made him walk 10 miles with a broken leg.
Really ironic, my dad who knew him when they were kids helped to liberated the Stalag he was in.
I just labeled it “tedious” but I must admit that the little bomber sequence we just saw was pretty gripping. Those guys not wanting to get into those planes but doing it anyway...um...and some of those planes that got back with everybody on board shot up. Air guys dont get enough appreciation, I think.
“BTW I think it is a 7 part series.”
Sorry about that...I must have goofed when scanning listings.
fwiw...I had to shutdown my DVD, The Eye of Vichy, to watch this episode tonight. Vichy is a short (30 min, I think) “film” by famous (and still active) French “new wave” director Claude Chabrol. It is nothing but a collage of Franco/German propaganda newsreel footage that was shown in both Vichy France and in the north during the war. Paints a very, very ugly picture of enthusiastic French collaboration. Netflix has it, although I bought it after first renting.
Anti-commie shows? Not hardly to be found.
You can count the anti-commie movies on one hand. There are scores of anti-fascist movies and documentaries.
That's because the commie left is in charge of the media.
“Paints a very, very ugly picture of enthusiastic French collaboration.”
If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend (even though it’s from PBS!),
“Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State”.
It does a fairly good job of parcelling out accountability in terms of
who ordered it, who enthusiatically helped, who tried to not participate and
who sat on the sidelines...when it comes to the Holocaust.
The segment on the French/Vichy involvement ain’t pretty.
Especially as it centers on rounding up Jewish children in Paris and
“shippin’ em’ out”.
(If you rent/buy, do be forwarned about the “discussion” interludes
hosted by hot reporter-turned-nutty-liberal-earthmother Linda Ellerbee.
There are a few pearls from some of the commentators, but also some
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