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Thread #148179 Message #3439528
Posted By: BrooklynJay
20-Nov-12 - 07:05 PM
Thread Name: Ken Burns's 'The Dust Bowl'
Subject: RE: Ken Burns's 'The Dust Bowl'
Saw both parts and found it shattering. Even if it's arguably not one of Ken Burns's "best" (and I won't get into that argument here), it was, for me, very affecting.
The personal recollections are what makes a Burns documentary so watchable, particularly the second part. I was quite drained by the end of it all; especially moving were the recollections of one family's long trek to California, with their father meeting them there. I think the saddest thing for me was how many of those interviewed died before the show was broadcast.
My only regret is that my old, creaky VHS machine recently broke down and I haven't yet found someone to repair it - so I couldn't record the shows. Perhaps when they're rebroadcast... (DVD's? What are those??)