America In Color (Series 2)
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America in Color is back for an amazing second series. It’s easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Season two will take viewers on another visually stunning journey, shifting the focus from various decades to iconic thematic episodes in history, including:
Titans of Industry: The story of a rising generation of industrialists like Henry Ford and inventors such as Thomas Edison who came to tower over America, transformed the country and impact the global landscape. Their insatiable drive to innovate touches every aspect of American life and turned the United States into a behemoth – the most dominant economy in modern history.
Rise of the Mafia: In the 1920s America launched a moral crusade against vice -- but instead unleashed decades of criminality. Over 40 years shadowy figures like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello profited from America’s love of a good time. The underworld boomed with the country, a shadowy dark side to the American century.
The Wild West: The American West is a both a physical place and a potent myth. “The Wild West” will bring its legacy to life – the frontier, the conflicts and some of the inhabitants of America’s most legendary and harshest environments.
America at Play: This episode is a window into how Americans played and entertained themselves in the first half of the 20th century – from alligator wrestling to the birth of surfing in Hawaii – and will reveal unexpected angles on big themes in American history, including class, race and money.
American Royalty: A handful of wealthy, powerful and interconnected families emerged to dominate the nation. This is the story of the families like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, and the individuals who embodied the ultimate realization of the American Dream.
Hollywood’s Golden Age: Hollywood is one of the great American success stories. This is the story of the creation of the dream factory, and the light it shines on American society.
To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6,000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed – much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings fresh excitement to seminal images of our time.
||Titans of Industry
|The Wild West
||Hollywood's Golden Age
Arrow Media/Smithsonian Networks