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Buffalo Bill

Author: Rob RapleyRichard Ben CramerMichael ChinJoel GoodmanPublic Broadcasting Service (U.S.)All authors
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This film presents a portrait of the man who made the American West into the American story. For most Americans in the mid-1800s, the Wild West existed only in dime novels, but a young man from Kansas who had roamed the prairies in the war with the Plains Indians came to embody the picaresque frontier hero. As the frontier was rapidly disappearing, he realized he could market his life as entertainment, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction television programs
Biographical television programs
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biography
History
Named Person: Buffalo Bill; Buffalo Bill; Buffalo Bill; Buffalo Bill
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Rapley; Richard Ben Cramer; Michael Chin; Joel Goodman; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Hidden Hill Productions.; WGBH Educational Foundation.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); PBS Home Video.
ISBN: 0793694175 9780793694174
OCLC Number: 212879618
Language Note: Closed captioned.
Notes: Special feature include: teacher's Guide [PDF format printable discussion guide, requires a DVD-ROM and Adobe Acrobat]; web links [text feature].
Credits: Editor, Penny Elliott Hays ; director of photography, Michael Chin ; original music composed by Joel Goodman.
Performer(s): Narrator, Richard Ben Cramer ; commentators, Paul Fees, Louis Warren, Charles Scoggin, Bobby Bridger, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Juti Winchester, L. G. Moses, Guy Dull Knife,
Event notes: Originally broadcast on PBS as an episode of the television series American experience on February 25, 2008.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; region 1; NTSC; 5.1 stereo. surround; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions.
Contents: Introduction --
Scout and buffalo hunter --
Inventing Buffalo Bill --
World at his feet --
Native Americans in the Wild West Show --
Frontier story is the American story.
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: PBS ; a HiddenHill Productions film for American Experience ; WGBH Boston ; written, produced and directed by Rob Rapley.

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This film presents a portrait of the man who made the American West into the American story. For most Americans in the mid-1800s, the Wild West existed only in dime novels, but a young man from Kansas who had roamed the prairies in the war with the Plains Indians came to embody the picaresque frontier hero. As the frontier was rapidly disappearing, he realized he could market his life as entertainment, and millions around the world would pay for a taste of his Wild West. Tall, handsome, confident, and charismatic, he blurred the line between truth and entertainment, history and myth. Thus was a mere plainsman turned into an international celebrity and frontier hero, his meteoric rise to fame made possible by his genius and hucksterism. His name was William Cody, but the world remembers him as Buffalo Bill.

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