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Coney Island

Author: Ric BurnsBuddy SquiresRichard SnowPhilip BoscoPublic Broadcasting Service (U.S.)All authors
Publisher: Boston : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [©2006], ©1991.
Series: American experience.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In scale, in variety, in sheer inventiveness, Coney Island was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and eventually, everyone came to see it. At the turn of the century, Coney Island exploded in a forest of glittering electric towers and a riot of rides, restaurants, recreated disasters, freak shows, and historical displays when three vast amusement parks -- Steeplechase, Luna Park, and Dreamland -- were built.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
History
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD-Video discs
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ric Burns; Buddy Squires; Richard Snow; Philip Bosco; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); WGBH Educational Foundation.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.); PBS Home Video.
ISBN: 1415702268 9781415702260
OCLC Number: 62869199
Language Note: In English; closed-captioned.
Credits: Edited by Paul Barnes ; cinematography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore ; consultants, Marshall Berman, John Carlin, Frederick P. Fried, John Kasson, Jerome Liebling, John Manbeck, Sam Bass Warner, Steve Zeitlin ; music arranged and directed by Brian Keane.
Performer(s): Narrated by Philip Bosco; commentators, Al Lewis, Elliot Willensky, Frederick Fried, Richard Snow; voices by Andrei Codrescu, Vincent Gardenia, Judd Hirsch, Nathan Lane, John Mahoney, Jerry Orbach, George Plimpton, Lois Smith, Frances Sternhagen, Eli Wallach.
Event notes: Originally broadcast by PBS as an episode of the television series American Experience on February 4, 1991.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; full screen presentation.
Contents: Introduction --
Sodom by the sea --
Escape from respectability --
City of Fire --
Luna Park --
Dreamland --
Perfecting the pleasure principle --
May 21, 1911: Dreamland burns --
Nickel empire --
Forever closed: But not forgotten --
Credits.
Series Title: American experience.
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: PBS ; directed by Ric Burns ; produced by Ric Burns and Buddy Squires ; written by Richard Snow ; produced for the American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston, WNET/Thirteen, New York, and KCET, Los Angeles.

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In scale, in variety, in sheer inventiveness, Coney Island was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and eventually, everyone came to see it. At the turn of the century, Coney Island exploded in a forest of glittering electric towers and a riot of rides, restaurants, recreated disasters, freak shows, and historical displays when three vast amusement parks -- Steeplechase, Luna Park, and Dreamland -- were built. Indicative of its overwhelming popularity, on a single day in September 1906, 200,000 postcards were mailed from Coney Island. A showcase for the wonders of the machine age, Coney Island was an extraordinary amusement empire that astonished, delighted, and shocked the nation -- and took Americans from the Victorian age into the modern world.

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