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America in Color: Season 2 (2018) 1of6 The Wild West

Smithsonian America in Color Series 2 1of6 The Wild West

This series uses modern coloration techniques to present a history of America in color, for the first time. Season 2 takes viewers on another visually stunning journey, shifting the focus from various decades to iconic thematic episodes in history. To make this series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed; much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings fresh excitement to seminal images of our time.

Part 1: The Wild West
At the dawn of the 20th century, the American west was wild and untamed, until industry and opportunity transformed it into an economic and political powerhouse that drove change across the world. Experience for the first time in colour the lands made famous by Buffalo Bill and developed by opportunists seeking fame and fortune.

Part 2: Titans of Industry
American industrialists and inventors, such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, helped create economic and technological booms in the early 20th century. Film and home movies from the time, originally in black-and-white, have been painstakingly colourised for the first time.

Part 3: Organised Crime
America’s gangsters of the early 20th century were often colourful characters, who even courted publicity. Now, for the first time, mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano are seen in colour.

Part 4: Playtime
Recently colourised footage reveals how Americans enjoyed themselves in the early 20th century from amusement parks to sports.

Part 5: American Royalty
They are not Kings and Queens, or Princes and Princesses, but the famous and wealthy American family dynasties of the 20th century – the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts.

Part 6: Hollywoods Golden Age
The rise and rise of America’s movie industry in Los Angeles between the 1920s and 1960s, and the legendary stars it created, featuring recently colourised footage from back-in-the-day.

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