The Vietnam War


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Released: 17 September 2017 Ended
Producted By: ARTE
Country: United States of America
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An immersive 360-degree narrative telling the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Featuring testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

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Hottoceame The Age of Commercialism
Salubfoto It's an amazing and heartbreaking story.
Candida It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
Jenni Devyn Worth seeing just to witness how winsome it is.
joker-scar As with all of Ken Burns doc's, this one has miles of fantastic footage, minutia of unknown little details, great editing, splendid narration and cherry picking of the facts which glosses over some controversial information on a subject which the controversatial aspect is the entire theme of that horrible conflict. I have watched all Ken Burns previous docs and they are amazing, but I have also noticed a "template" of sorts being used over and over again. Mr. Burns loves his Mr. Smith all American type folks that still embrace the Norman Rockwell version of their country but in this particular subject matter... it treads a dangerous line, historically speaking. I am an amateur student of history and my knowledge of Vietnam and other connecting aspects of 20th century history are pretty abundant therefore I knew certain facts going in and was for good or ill waiting for certain "facts" to be revealed. Here is the main problem: for the first 4 episodes every country's negative aspects of its own involvement is shown; it's viciousness, ruthlessness, brutality, etc. Countries like China, France, East Germany, North and South Vietnam, the Viet-Cong, ARVN, Russia and especially Communism in general... "everybody" except the US, which is handled with kid gloves. Whenever a person from the Pentagon or in some higher up government position is talking, present day interviews, they seem to be saying they had knowledge and passed it along to the right channels and it was either ignored or buried. The US side is presented as mis-informed, mis-guided, mis-lead, mis-read, mis-taken, mis-communicated to, etc. etc..... basically a victim dragged into a situation and trying to rise above it to fight for freedom the world round. None of the sinister tactics of US foreign policy is shown which led up to its involvement and when it does show some sort of negative aspect towards that notion, it is so down played as to supposedly arouse sympathy in the viewer. There are many important focal points in history and as far as the Cold War is concerned it is Truman which can be blamed for starting that war and successive administrations for keeping the fear alive. All the good will FDR had slowly built up with Russia over the years while in office, Truman shot down in almost a blink of the eye with trying to get tough with the Russians. Churchill nailed the coffin shut with his famous Fulton Missouri "iron curtain" speech which scared everyone in the western world with the perceived Communist bogey-man wanting to invade small town USA. Churchill admitted that the Russian's, and Stalin, always stood by their word and never broke it, unlike the Western powers that turned their backs on Russia before the end of the pacific war. I am no way endorsing Soviet Russia under Stalin, he was a ruthless dictator who slaughtered millions of his own people in the purges in the 30's, but if Truman had not listened to the hardliners and his own little-boy inferiority complex, the Cold War might not have even happened at all, saving thousands of lives and billions of wasted dollars and denying the world a save environment to life. The Military gained by the Commie-bogeyman fear with increased budgets, corporate American benefitted and Politian's played the fear card to win votes. Everybody wins, except everyone loses in the end. This same bogey-man fear comes to bite the Government in the butt years later; Truman regrets forming the CIA, Ike warned the country about the military industrial complex, Kennedy gets his head blown off because he wants to pull the reigns back in regard to the Russians and LBJ's ego won't allow him to cut his losses and pull out of the Nam and hard line, overzealous voters won't let him because of that over-stoked fear about Communism drilled into them since 1945. When all is said and done many facts were still not presented which is unforgivable being the doc is 16 hrs. 30 minutes long. It totally ignores the CIA's deep involvement, which is only glossed over a few times and treated like they had very little input in the thing overall. The Agency nurtured that conflict for decades and when it was the right time, handed it over the military to mop-up in 1965. Plainly put, Vietnam was used a platform for the US and Russia to trade blows without direct confrontation and it getting out of hand with one side or the other pushing the nuclear button.
nickschweiss Unbeknownst to most, Vietnam had a tumultuous past with British colonists that predicated the environment that the war began in and this documentary goes above and beyond to examine how this happened, along with much more. Over the course of nearly 17 hours this series will immerse you into the most gruesome reflections of the war in a way no film has ever done before. You will hear first-hand accounts from the soldiers of the People's Army, the Vietcong, Americans, the Khmer Republic and more. You will know the horrible mistakes and decisions that American politicians made and the reason for these choices. Most importantly, you will learn of the lingering ramifications the Vietnam War has in the modern day. I can't name a single documentary that has been more informative, paced so well, and directed so brilliantly. This is on Netflix right now, you'd be doing yourself a huge disservice not watching this series.
dailycallemailcourse Alongside Burn's own The Civil War and the UK's The World At War from 1973, this is simply the finest piece of documentary fun making related to human conflict you will EVER see. I credibly even handed in that every political view point and humanitarian aspect us given equal screen time, what we are left with is the facts laid bare in the most non-sensationalistic manner possible. The American, South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese servicemen, politicians and civilians that relate heir stories help to build a three dimensional picture of a tragedy like no other. Very highly recommended
Straight-Up I thought I was tripping out, but they reused scenes from other episodes. Still interesting to watch.