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America's Heart & Soul
America's Heart Soul
Actors: George Woodard, Charles Jimmie Sr., The Vasquez Brothers, Frank Pino, David Pino
Director: Louis Schwartzberg
Genres: Documentary
PG     2005     1hr 24min

From sea to shining sea, from amber waves of grain to purple mountain majesties, it's not merely the land that makes America beautiful -- it's her people. Captured with stunning cinematography, AMERICA'S HEART & SOUL takes...  more »

     
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Actors: George Woodard, Charles Jimmie Sr., The Vasquez Brothers, Frank Pino, David Pino
Director: Louis Schwartzberg
Creators: Louis Schwartzberg, Brian Funck, Brian E. Frankish, Grady Candler, Jake Eberts, Vincent Ueber
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Carolyn B. from FAYETTEVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 9/7/2009...
This video has incredible shots of people and places all across America. My kids enjoyed watching it - they liked the female stunt pilot, the bicycle messenger in NYC, the cowboy in Colorado. These people all had interesting stories to tell and the man who made the video worked absolute wonders with his camera while they told them.
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Movie Reviews

A celebration of the human spirit
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 08/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This uplifting, brilliantly filmed and edited documentary focuses on people with the courage and strength of spirit to follow their own path, and the freedom in America that makes the expression of what are sometimes odd and inventive, and even bizarre pursuits a reality. It is about those rare souls willing to live life on their own terms, and live out the dream that is in their hearts.
The creation of Louis Schwartzberg, the concept is wonderful, and the cinematography stunning. With the exception of the steelworkers struggling to keep their town and plant alive, all these stories of human ingenuity are positive and sometimes quite humorous, like the fantastic decorated cars, and the man from Colorado with the ham bullet.

Among the many images and stories that linger in my mind are the extraordinary gravity-defying, cliff-hanging ballet, the glowing, beautiful Mosie Burks, as she sings her gospel music and spreads her joy, the wisdom of the Appalachian weaver who says "I've been broke, but I've never been poor", ex-con and Olympic boxer Michael Bennett, helping kids to re-make their lives as he has done, and Klezmer clarinetist David Krakower playing the marvelous music of his heritage.

This is a film one could see numerous times because it is packed with content, dazzling visuals, and an overall upbeat outlook; in fact, there is no way one could absorb all that is in this film in a single viewing, or even two or three viewings.
Filled with music that delights the spirit, like Mosie's gospel songs, New Orleans jazz from James Andrews, rock 'n' roll from the Pino brothers, Marc Savoy's Cajun tunes, David's soulful clarinet, some fabulous salsa dancers, and much more. The soundtrack is by Joel McNeely with a song by John Mellencamp. Bravo Mr. Schwartzberg, for this film that celebrates creativity, and the greatness of this magnificent land. Total running time is 88 minutes."
Truly Soulful
E. Maselli | NJ | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For some reason that is curious to me, this movie has gotten a bad rap. You have to see it for yourself to decide, but I found it uplifting, funny, sometimes strange - and completely gorgeous to watch.

It is a collection of about 25 short vignettes of people doing what they love - pursuing their passions. Some of those passions are odd - like gluing stuff to your car - and some are astounding - like the cliff dancers of Bandaloop. Some are soulful and some are funny. But all of them are heartfelt and just beautifully presented.

I don't know how it got positioned as "the antidote to Farenheit 9/11", because it is not political, not polemical, and completely unrelated! About the only thing the two movies have in common is that they are both "documentaries" - although I have my doubts about Moore's film being a documentary at all.

Louis Schwarzberg has done a magnificent job of capturing some of the glories of this country - both the people and the scenery. I say, "good on ya," Louis. I can't wait to own a copy - and give one to my family and friends. I highly, highly recommend it for a change from the routine garbage presented as fact. It's just a lovely piece of filmwork."
America's Heart & Soul
A. Ratliff | 11/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The absolute best documentary about the vast differences in America from the language of New Orleans to the language of the mountain people in NC, and the wild, wild, west. This footage ofers places unseen by many including those who done extensive traveling. After seeing the beauty, color, and richness of the people within the greatess nation on God's green earth, the film leaves you with laughs, tears, and joy. You feel proud to be an american: part of such a great group of people. Another good thing about this film is for those who enjoy traveling, this will stir you up, make you excited, and ease your worries about staying inside the U.S. to travel because after you see the wonderful colors of mountains, streams, the praire, cowboys ridin the fences like they did a 100 years ago, the big cities and everything in between you'll be amazed that you are not making some travel plans to go see some of these places for yourself."