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Relive Orson Welles' infamous radio dramatization 75 years after the mass hysteria event it spawned. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America's longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.
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KIDS WON'T BE FOOLED

By Mrtjbv

from Christiansburg, VA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: War of the Worlds DVD:

How the producers managed to make their history of the "War of the Worlds" phenomenon a dull one is the most remarkable feature of this American Experience episode. Using obvious actors to "recreate" actual witnesses' experiences to the event was a cheap resort, and it shows. No child will believe they're real. And Welles' and Housman's collective genius in choosing the subject matter for a Mercury Theatre radio presentation is merely averred to, as though it were just something to do. The subject deserves a new American Experience examination--next time, make it for adults and believe me, the kids will get it and be grateful.

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Naivete of America Revealed!

By Phred

from Bellevue, WA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: War of the Worlds DVD:

I heard this first hand when I was 8 years old, and already loved Mr. Welles and his crew! I knew what it was all about, as Mother and I listened every week. I was never made aware of the uproar until many years later. Terrific talent, Mr. Welles... Great show! I will love having my own copy!

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