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Watch Ken Burns' Prohibition,
This review is from: Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 (HBO) [DVD]  (DVD)
This series started slowly for me. I was not sure if it was going to live up to expectations, as the characters were slow to bed into my consciousness. However, come episode four everything clicked. This is a vast , sprawling epic mixing real people with fascinating characters, fact with fiction. I was surprised by how much I did not know about this period and accepted that the plot lines were probably a bit too far fetched. However, I have since watched Ken Burns' 4 hour documentary "Prohibition" which I cannot praise highly enough. Going back to "Boardwalk Empire" armed with a more extensive knowledge of the period, I see that it is not at all far fetched. The various plot strands weave a fascinating tapestry of that period in American history. Every detail of the documentary seems to be covered by this show, the temperance movement, women's emancipation, the first world war, the corruption, the immigrants, the entertainment, the music. It is all there. Do yourself a favour get your hands on "Prohibition"