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Old 26-09-2009, 14:48   #21
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Old 26-09-2009, 14:50   #22
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Into The West. Not In America. Great mini series that was pretty overlooked. Not out on R2 and the R1 was snipped in places to make it more classroom friendly. Still great stuff though.
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:02   #23
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:28   #24
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:32   #25
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There really ought to be some John Ford in there; he was after all America's premier myth maker.
Drums Along the Mohawk for the Revolutionary War.
Young Mister Lincoln for the pre-Civil War period.
The Cavalry Trilogy (Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande) for the opening of the frontier and the Indian Wars from the post Civil War years through to the 1880s.

If you want more on the Indian Wars then They Died With Their Boots On and Custer of the West deal with the pivotal moments in the 1870s, and Cheyenne Autumn (more Ford) deals with the final subjugation of the plains Indians.

For the campaigns in the southwest see Delmer Daves' Broken Arrow, Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee, Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid, and Walter Hill's Geronimo to tie things up.
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:36   #26
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haha!!

Not one's mentioned Dances With Woves!!!
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:39   #27
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Not one's mentioned Dances With Woves!!!
It's already on his list.
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Old 26-09-2009, 18:46   #29
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Another TV Miniseries that I thought was really good as well as giving you a picture of America over a long period was Centennial, it mainly focused on the formation of one town (althought there wasn't really anything there for the first 4 or 5 episodes) and how it grew through to the 1970's. it's got a great cast in it and up until the final couple of episodes I found it really watchable if obviously a bit dated.

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Old 26-09-2009, 20:38   #31
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Old 26-09-2009, 20:43   #32
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Brilliant, thanks everyone. The reason I hadn't included many classic films is because I'm so unfamiliar with them, my knowledge of cinema pre-1970 is quite limited, so thanks for the recommendations.
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Why endure Far and Away when you could watch Cimarron instead? It's certainly not the best film Mann ever made, but it's leagues beyond Ron Howard's dreck.
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It's a bad idea to learn history from film. It's bad enough that they're full of inaccuracies (Braveheart couldn't even get the dates correct) while historical accuracies get trounced on in favour of propaganda and entertainment - but even when you know you're being sold a dud the images you receive often become the framework of how you otherwise understand and interpret an event. Look at how Vietnam is a war first and a country second, Hollywood history is responsible for that.
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I'd also give Reds a shout.
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It's a bad idea to learn history from film.
I'm a film fan, as are the majority of us who post here. I'd rather learn through that medium, and I'm enough of a movie enthusiast to understand that films often distort the truth and I will usually research, to some extent, on what the historical accuracy of a piece is after seeing it.
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Plus its more fun than reading a dusty old history book.
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