Item Details

The Great War

American Experience Films ; series producers, Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak ; an Insignia Films production for American Experience ; WGBH Educational Foundation
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, it tells the rich and complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as 'doughboys.'
Performers
Narrator, Oliver Platt.
Part one: voices, Jennifer Lee Andrews, Blythe Danner, Brandon J. Dirden, Josh Hamilton, Erick Loscheider, Campbell Scott.
Part two: voices, David St. Louis, Jacob Pitts, Armando Riesco, Courtney B. Vance.
Part three: voices, Christopher Gorham, Josh Hamilton.
Release Date
2017
Run Time
342 min.
Language
English audio; optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Notes
  • Title from title screen. Titles on screen indicate part one, part two, part three. Titles on disc surfaces are numbered disc 1, disc 2, disc 3.
  • 16x9 wide screen.
  • Originally broadcast in 2017 as episodes in the television series American experience.
Uniform Title
American Experience (Television Program) Great War
Variant Title
At head of title on container: WWI ... America comes of age
World War I, America comes of age
Related Title
Contained in (work): American experience (Television program)
Series
American Experience
Contents
  • The Great War, part one (114 min.) / edited by Jon Neuburger, Merril Stern ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written and directed by Stephen Ives.
  • Part one. The Great War begins
  • A neutral nation
  • Atrocities in Belgium
  • Volunteers for France
  • The American peace movement
  • The Lusitania
  • Edith Wharton's war
  • The poison of disloyalty
  • The Lafayette Escadrille
  • Prepare for war
  • The election of 1916
  • Rendezvous with death
  • The declaration of war
  • End credits.
  • The Great War, part two (114 min.) / edited by Seth Bomse ; written by Stephen Ives ; produced and directed by Amanda Pollak.
  • Part two. The American war begins
  • Pershing's challenge
  • The draft
  • Mobilization
  • A regiment for Harlem
  • Alice Paul
  • Food conservation
  • Harlem's soldiers in France
  • Wilson's fourteen points
  • The Harlem Hellfighters
  • The Sedition Act
  • The battle of the Second Marne
  • The Great War, part three (114 min.) / edited by R.A. Fedde ; written and directed by Rob Rapley.
  • Part three. Wilson's message of hope
  • The battle of the Meuse-Argonne
  • Influenza
  • The war comes home
  • Eddie Rickenbacker
  • The lost battalion
  • The Choctaw code talkers
  • The Armistice
  • Repression at home
  • The Versailles peace conference
  • Red summer
  • Death of the League of Nations
ISBN
9781531701420, 1531701426
Credits
Original music by Peter Rundquist, Tom Phillips ; cinematography, Buddy Squires, ASC and six others.
Published
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, 2017.
Publisher no.
AMX62907 (AMX62907.1-AMX62907.3) PBS (case & discs)
Related Resources
View cover art
Description
3 videodiscs (342 min.) : sound, black and white with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
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