Prohibition

WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), PBS Distribution (Firm)

DVD - 2011

This explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor, and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. The utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality. When the country goes dry in 1920, after a century of debate, millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight.

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vol. 2: 0 / 1 copies available
vol. 3: 0 / 1 copies available
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2nd Floor DVD/973.91/Prohibition v. 1 Due Jul 15, 2022
2nd Floor DVD/973.91/Prohibition v. 2 Due Jul 15, 2022
2nd Floor DVD/973.91/Prohibition v. 3 Due Jul 15, 2022
Subjects
Genres
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Published
[United States] : Hollywood, Calif. : PBS Distribution ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment c2011.
Edition
Widescreen [ed.]
Language
English
Item Description
Videodisc release of the television documentary.
Special features included.
Physical Description
3 v. (1 videodisc (DVD) per volume) (318 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Format
DVD; NTSC, region 1; Dolby digital, surround, stereo.
Audience
Not rated.
Production Credits
Cinematographers, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore, Stephen McCarthy ; editors, Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers, Ryan Gifford.
ISBN
1415760284
9781415760284
631440424X
Corporate Authors
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.) (-), PBS Distribution (Firm)
Other Authors
Geoffrey C. Ward (-), Sarah Botstein, 1972-, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns, 1953-, Peter Coyote, Patricia Clarkson, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, 1945-, Oliver Platt
  • Disc 1. Nation of drunkards, special features
  • Disc 2. Nation of scofflaws
  • Disc 3. Nation of hypocrites.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The latest from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a fascinating three-part series that chronicles events leading up to and following the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Major and minor players are given their due, from temperance activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Carrie Nation to lesser-known scofflaws, bootleggers, and politicians who dealt in bribes, payoffs, and alcohol distribution. That Prohibition created opportunities rather than curtailing or curing society's ills is a running theme in the two-hour episodes, A Nation of Drunkards, A Nation of Scofflaws, and A Nation of Hypocrites. Enforcing the subsequent Volstead Act was beyond the means of most government agencies even though "many Americans did their best to honor Prohibition." The filmmakers' familiar touches are evident: well-selected vintage footage and photographs; onscreen commentary from historians, legal scholars, authors, and others; background sounds (sirens, church bells, clinking cocktail glasses, etc.); and atmospheric period music. Readings by Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, and other actors complement Peter Coyote's flawless narration. Another winner from acclaimed filmmakers Burns and Novick. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The latest from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a fascinating three-part series that chronicles events leading up to and following the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Major and minor players are given their due, from temperance activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Carrie Nation to lesser-known scofflaws, bootleggers, and politicians who dealt in bribes, payoffs, and alcohol distribution. That Prohibition created opportunities rather than curtailing or curing society's ills is a running theme in the two-hour episodes, A Nation of Drunkards, A Nation of Scofflaws, and A Nation of Hypocrites. Enforcing the subsequent Volstead Act was beyond the means of most government agencies even though "many Americans did their best to honor Prohibition." The filmmakers' familiar touches are evident: well-selected vintage footage and photographs; onscreen commentary from historians, legal scholars, authors, and others; background sounds (sirens, church bells, clinking cocktail glasses, etc.); and atmospheric period music. Readings by Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, and other actors complement Peter Coyote's flawless narration. Another winner from acclaimed filmmakers Burns and Novick. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores the consequences of the Eighteenth Amendment and raises questions about the role of government in legislating morality.