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American Experience - Eleanor Roosevelt
American Experience - Eleanor Roosevelt
Actors: David McCullough, Alfre Woodard
Director: Sue Williams
Genres: Television, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
NR     2006     2hr 30min

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 01/10/2006


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Actors: David McCullough, Alfre Woodard
Director: Sue Williams
Creators: Sue Williams, Howard Sharp, Bob M. McCausland, Chas Norton, Hilary Klotz, Judith Vecchione, Kathryn Pierce Dietz, Larry LeCain, Margaret Drain, Mark Samels, Maureen Barden, Raymond Powell, Susan Mottau, Thomas Doran
Genres: Television, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography, Civil War, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006
Original Release Date: 01/10/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/10/2000
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

What a woman she was!
Charles Ashbacher | Marion, Iowa United States( | 02/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a history minor in college and one who has remained very interested in the field, I have occasionally read material about Eleanor Roosevelt. However, it was always on the periphery of my main interests, so I had no idea what I was missing until I saw this tape. She was one of the most dynamic and influential people that this country has produced. Having had a miserable childhood, where even her mother commented that she was ugly, she seemed destined to take up a life as a dutiful wife to a successful husband. However, and fortunately, that was not to be as she found herself and began a life of activism that made her enemies, but also made her the most powerful woman of the first half of the twentieth century. In many ways, she was the perfect counter to her husband, as she could go out and take the heat for actions that FDR simply could not do.
In this tape, stocked with newsreel footage, photographs and interviews with relatives and family friends, you learn much about what drove her to succeed. As seems so common, it was partly due to deep-seated feelings of early inadequacy and her hectic pace was the preventive cure from having to stop and perhaps be overcome by depression. Nothing is kept from you, even the supposedly platonic love affairs she had with men and women.
Her relationship with FDR was interesting, but probably not all that unique. As the story unfolds, it reminds you in many ways of the relationship that must exist between Bill and Hillary Clinton. Certainly, if times had been different, Eleanor could also have served in Congress.
Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the bravest, most dedicated people the world has ever seen. Sure she made enemies, but being hated by the likes of bigoted segregationists and J. Edgar Hoover is a point of commendation. The most interesting fact in the tapes is that Hoover hated her and her FBI file is one of the thickest on record. But then, so is her record of achievement."
"Misunderstood First Lady"
Julia C. McWhorter | Bremen, Georgia USA | 09/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A very interesting biography. Through interviews with friends and family members and extensive excerpts of her own writings and quotes, the viewer will come to know facts about Mrs. Roosevelt not known before. Scorned by her mother and betrayed by her father and husband, she was a remarkable woman nonetheless. Although rich in material things, she was very fragile emotionally. Watching this video will convince the viewer that Mrs. Roosevelt was this country's most controversial and hardest-working First Lady."
Joel Soboul | Eastampton, New Jersey USA | 08/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have found the entire PBS American Experience series to be nothing short of excellent, both in the accuracy of the historical facts of it's subjects as well as the candid and plain truth about their lives, all in unvarnished detail. The latest one I purchased and watched was on Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of FDR and the Champion of Human Rights for all People. Both educational as well as fascinating, if you are a history buff and are intrigued by the gifted lives and legacies of these historical figures whose stories are told in a rich narrative accompanied by a beautiful and awesomely appropriate musical sountrack, then any one episode of this series is for you!! I now own PBS AE documentaries on Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, LBJ, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Huey Long, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Malcolm X, Teddy Roosevelt, Mao Tse Tung, as well as a couple of others I can't recall at the moment! Do yourself a favor history lover, get a copy of the life stories well told of one of these great people of the past and present, you won't regret it!"
An amazing inspiration for all women
Wisdom | Arizona | 03/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled upon half of this documentary on PBS late at night and decided I wanted to buy a copy. Eleanor Roosevelt is such an incredable women and this film has done an excellent job of protraying all sides of her personality. I particularly relate to her struggles with depression and am amazed that she was able to pull out of each episode and accomplish so much. Whenever I feeling down and need some inspiration, I am going to watch this DVD!"