America on a Plate: The Story of the Diner

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Travel Documentary hosted by Stephen Smith, published by BBC in 2011 - English narration

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Writer and Broadcaster Stephen Smith re-envisions the story of 20th century American culture through its most iconic institution - the diner. Whether Edward Hopper's Nighthawks or the encounter between Pacino and de Niro in Heat, these gleaming, gawdy shacks are at the absolute heart of the American vision. Stephen embarks on a road journey that takes him to some of America's most iconic diners. He meets the film-makers and singers who have immortalised them, and looks at the role diners have played not only in America's greatest paintings and movies, but also in the fight against racial oppression and the chain restaurants' global takeover. For Stephen, it's because the diner is the last vestige of a vital part of the American psyche - the frontier. It's a place where strangers are thrown together, where normal rules are suspended and anything can happen. And it's this crackle of potentially violent and sexual energy that have made it an engine room of 20th century American culture.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 18 (4320Kbps)
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 1.86 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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