martes, 30 de agosto de 2016

Amerika



I remember watching the first couple of episodes of this miniseries when it premiered in '87, and then losing interest and tuning out. I remember full well how boring, pedantic and full of itself it was. Anyone involved in this spectacular flop ought to be embarrassed.

Amerika – suggesting a Russified name for the United States – is an American television miniseries that wasbroadcast in 1987 on ABC. The miniseries inspired a novelization entitled Amerika: The Triumph of the American SpiritAmerika starred Kris KristoffersonMariel HemingwaySam NeillRobert Urich, and a 17-year-old Lara Flynn Boyle in her first major role. Amerika was about life in the United States after a bloodless takeover engineered by the Soviet Union. Not wanting to depict the actual takeover, ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard set the miniseries ten years after the event, focusing on the demoralized American people a decade after the Soviet conquest. The intent, he later explained, was to explore the American spirit under such conditions, not to portray the conflict of the Soviet coup.
Described in promotional materials as "the most ambitious American miniseries ever created," Amerika aired for 14½ hours (including commercials) over seven nights (beginning February 15, 1987), and reportedly cost US$40 million to produce. The miniseries was filmed in the Golden Horseshoe and southwestern OntarioCanadian cities of TorontoLondon,[1] and Hamilton,[2] as well as various locations in the U.S. state ofNebraska – most notably the small town of Tecumseh, which served as "Milford," the fictional setting for most of the series. Donald Wrye was the executive producer, director, and writer of Amerika, while composer Basil Poledouris scored the miniseries, ultimately recording (with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra) eight hours of music – the equivalent of four feature films.

In its summary of the 1986–87 US television seasonTV Guide called the miniseries "arguably the most boring miniseries in a decade," adding that "ABC'sAmerika tried to hold America hostage for seven tedious nights (and a stupefyingly dull 14½ hours)."

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