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The Vietnam War

2017
Documentary
War
TV Mini-Series
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. (PBS)
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The Vietnam War

2017
Documentary
War
TV Mini-Series
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Rated 12 Jan 2018
12
96th
Excellent. Thorough, well-written and well-produced. Although there is more detail about America's involvement in the war than about that of the North Vietnamese, it is still adequate in that respect. Tons of footage, but I would have preferred fewer, longer cuts. My major complaint was the choice of the narrator, who seems to have the emotional range of a potato. But for anyone interested in the war, whether you know a bit about it, or like me, knew nothing, you should watch this.
Rated 29 Aug 2018
95
96th
Drinking a tepid bottle of sparkling water because I forgot to put them in the fridge. There are no ice cubes in the freezer. And we would all go down together/ We said we'd all go down together / Yes we would all go down together
Rated 10 Jan 2018
70
70th
An detailed review of the Vietnam war with the kind of insight one can only get from hindsight long after the fact. It successfully describes the events and ideology of both sides of the conflict. It chronicles the terrible loss of life and scale of the destruction with vintage footage. Often heartbreaking and hard to watch. I would have greatly preferred voice translations instead of the tiny written translations. Full of details never before assembled into one series. All of it felt very old.
Rated 28 Sep 2017
83
95th
The War very few want to talk about. Here it is talked about at great length. The imagery didn't strike me as much as say "The Civil War" but the actual recounts and stories of vets from both sides intermixed with music from the era are definitely effective.
Rated 20 Oct 2017
80
90th
Started out fascinating, but episodes begin to feel "samey" as the series progresses.
Rated 25 Apr 2018
90
92nd
I started watching this back in September. It was during a heatwave and my new apartment didn't have air conditioning. As the sweat poured down my body, I knew exactly what being in Vietnam was like.
Rated 05 May 2019
80
62nd
Exhaustive (and exhausting) contemplation of the War is perhaps too oppressive when viewed in a marathon screening; some repetition in its early stages dealing with the veterans experiences on the ground give way to the best sections dealing with the Nixon era as troubling depictions of civil unrest in both U.S. and Vietnam are effectively played and contrasted against each other, though soundtrack choices are occasionally too on-the-nose. Still an important (and worthy) historical document.
Rated 25 Feb 2018
85
86th
solid doc
Rated 09 May 2018
90
91st
Holy smokes, nothing changes. Ever. Art gets better, but people stay stupid.
Rated 03 Jul 2018
80
95th
Excellent.
Rated 18 Oct 2018
60
45th
(1 episode)
Rated 15 Aug 2018
89
98th
Absolutely terrific production
Rated 17 Aug 2018
75
82nd
You already know what songs they are going to play throughout this series.
Rated 25 Oct 2018
93
98th
Starts off perfectly but becomes more and more about the domestic American trauma rather than the war itself. My big complaint would be that the fall of South Vietnam is abbreviated (leaving out the theatrical handover of power in favor of detailing the embassy evacuation), and that Cambodia/the Khmer Rouge is barely mentioned. On the whole though it's superb as you would expect from Ken Burns.
Rated 13 Oct 2019
89
93rd
A monstrous project to get engaged in, but gracefully executed. This is not only about the US or Vietnam or the War. It is about the French, UK, Russia, The Human Condition, Media, Children, Nation-building, Women, Politicians, Ambitions and many others. Pay special attention to the OST and chosen songs from the period. It is a gem.
Rated 13 Sep 2022
65
64th
Much like the war it depicts, this film goes on longer than necessary, and Burns and Novick cannot resist the lure of ‘war as entertainment’ to 'shock' the audience. However, such gratuity is punctuated by sincere moments of testimony from veterans/survivors, in particular those of John Musgrave and Bảo Ninh who speak with such conviction that the viewer is forced to confront the Vietnam War not as an undifferentiated ‘bad’ episode of history but as a singularly abhorrent historical event.

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