Did anyone catch the Ken Burns’ documentary on Prohibition this week?  PBS aired the show Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.  I generally enjoy Ken Burns documentaries, and this one didn’t disappoint.  Burns served this film up as he often does, with a mix of narrative, commentary and attention to detail. Dude knows how to tell a story, and Peter Coyote did a fine job with the narration.  What struck me most is no matter how much has changed, so much has stayed the same.  Oh, the law is gone, but many of the issues highlighted remain of concern.  Gangs.  Anti-immigrant sentiment.  Cities vs. rural areas.  Corrupt government officials.  Taxes.  The legislation of morality. Any of that sound familiar?

The film did lag in parts, and I wouldn’t have made it had it not been divided into three parts.

Grade:  B+

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