The War (Ken Burns)

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The War is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. A seven-part series by Ken Burns which includes interviews and archive footage.

Titolo Originale: The War
STAGIONI/EPISODI: 1 Stagioni , 7 episodi, conclusa
Durata episodi: 150 min.
Attori principali: Keith DavidTom HanksJosh LucasBobby CannavaleSamuel L. JacksonEli Wallach, Katharine Phillips, Adam Arkin, Robert Wahlberg, Carolyn McCormick, Robert Wahlberg, Bobby Cannavale, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell, Quentin Aanenson, Sascha Weinzheimer, Olga Ciarlo, Robert Kashiwagi, Anne DeVico, Joe Medicine Crow
Produttore: Ken Burns
Genere: Documentario
Network: PBS

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Stagione 1

1x1 - A Necessary War

December 1941-December 1942 After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns — Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota — recall their communities on the eve of the conflict. For them, and for most Americans finally beginning to recover from the Great Depression, the events overseas seem impossibly far away. Their tranquil lives are shattered by the shock of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and America is thrust into the greatest cataclysm in history. Along with millions of other young men, Sid Phillips and Willie Rushton of Mobile, Ray Leopold of Waterbury and Walter Thompson and Burnett Miller of Sacramento enter the armed forces and begin to train for war.In the Philippines, two Americans thousands of miles from home, Corporal Glenn Frazier and Sascha Weinzheimer (who was 8 years old in 1941), are caught up in the Japanese onslaught there, as American and Filipino forces retreat onto Bataan while thousands of civilians are rounded up and imprisoned in Manila.Meanwhile, back home, 110,000 Japanese Americans all along the West Coast, including some 7,000 from Sacramento and the surrounding valley, are forced by the government to abandon their homes and businesses and are relocated to inland internment camps. On the East Coast, German U-boats menace Allied shipping just offshore, sending hundreds of ships and millions of tons of materiel to the bottom of the sea. The United States seems utterly unprepared for this kind of total war. Witnessing all of this is Katharine Phillips of Mobile, who remembers sightings of U-boats just outside Mobile Bay, and Al McIntosh, the editor of the Rock County Star Herald in Luverne, who chronicles the travails of every family in town.In June 1942, the Navy manages an improbable victory over the Japanese at the Battle of Midway. In August,

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 23-09-2007

1x2 - When Things Get Tough

By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or a timetable to dislodge them. For the time being, they will have to be content to nip at the edges of Hitler’s enormous domain. American troops, including Charles Mann of Luverne, are now ashore in North Africa, ready to test themselves for the first time against the German and Italian armies.

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 24-09-2007

1x3 - A Deadly Calling

In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action at Buna.

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 25-09-2007

1x4 - Pride Of Our Nation

By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 — D-Day — in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on one of the greatest invasions in history: the invasion of France. Among them are Dwain Luce of Mobile, who drops behind enemy lines in a glider; Quentin Aanenson of Luverne, who flies his first combat mission over the Normandy coast; and Joseph Vaghi of Waterbury, who manages to survive the disastrous landing on Omaha Beach, where German resistance nearly decimates the American forces

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 26-09-2007

1x5 - FUBAR

By September 1944, in Europe at least, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory. “Militarily,” General Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of staff tells the press, “this war is over.” But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war itself — that generals make plans, plans go wrong and soldiers die.

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 30-09-2007

1x6 - The Ghost Front

By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war their young men have been fighting for three long years; the stream of newspaper headlines telling of new losses and telegrams bearing bad news from the War Department seem endless and unendurable.

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 01-10-2007

1x7 - A World Without War

In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento, Waterbury and Luverne understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the war can end. That March, when Americans go to the movies, President Franklin Roosevelt warns them in a newsreel that, although the Nazis are on the verge of collapse, the final battle with Japan could stretch on for

GUEST STAR: , Adam Arkin, Bobby Cannavale, Ernie Hudson, Josh Lucas, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks,
AUTORE: , Ken Burns,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 02-10-2007