Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s Prohibition
July 27, 2011
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick directed a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series called Prohibition that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
In the United States, Prohibition was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution. It was repealed on December 5, 1933.
Besides Tom Hanks, the documentary film series features the voice talents of Jeremy Irons, Paul Giamatti, Oliver Platt, John Lithgow, Samuel L. Jackson, Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Sam Waterston, Josh Lucas and others with narration by Peter Coyote and the music by Wynton Marsalis.
Prohibition premieres October 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2011 at 8 PM on PBS.