The Roosevelts

The Roosevelts

An Intimate History

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Profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, 14 hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. Over the course of these years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage, and the conquest of fear.
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781627890502
Characteristics: 7 videodiscs (approximately 840 minutes) : sound, color with black & white segments ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0
widescreen,24 fps
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Call Number: DVD 973.9110922 ROO


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VaughanPLDavidB Sep 18, 2018

This is an excellent portrait of the interior lives of three magnificent, but flawed people who strove to lead America and the world, the sort of leadership and vision that is sorely lacking today. I am a bit disappointed that the filmmakers devoted too little time to all that Eleanor Roosevelt achieved following her husband's death.

Feb 08, 2017

This is Ken Burns at his "best" or his "worst", depending upon your opinion of Ken Burns as a director and his political biases. It has the usual maudlin segments and heart-wrenching propaganda that Burns usually forces upon us to advance his political, moral, and ethical views.

By far the most engaging part of this "epic saga" was Ken Burns' portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt as a manic depressive who had to keep aggressively pushing both good and bad political and international policies just to keep his depression under control. Burns does us a HUGE service by showing us the horrible side of Theodore's presidency. We never got this in 8th grade Civics or even high school history, and I thank Ken for his honesty about Theodore's extraordinary frailties.

The series takes an embarrassing turn to extremely maudlin & self-serving mush when Ken transfers his extremely biased attention to Franklyn and poor Elanor. That's when Ken totally loses his objectivity and starts spouting slavish adulation for FDR & Elanor and ignores the huge political and economic failures they made during the Great Depression and after WWII.

This series made me lose all respect for Burns and his views on political history. Maybe he could redeem himself by making an honest series on either Eisenhower or Reagan. I doubt that poor Ken has the political stomach for such endeavours.

Jan 29, 2016

This was the most interesting documentary I have ever seen. It is about three very extraordinary people who introduced ideas about governing and human rights that we now take for granted in Canada as well as the US. Eleanor Roosevelt stands out as the strongest of the three which I had not appreciated before. I hope that Ken Burns does another of these historical biographies. Is there as interesting a political clan in the world (apart from the Kennedys who have been over publicized) ?

Dec 20, 2015

Excellent overview of the private lives of three American Icons. Oddly enough, they brushed over Prescott Bush et al. attempt to overthrow Franklin (in 1934) and establish a Nazi totalitarian regime - which they funded in Germany. The Georges (H & W) completed the plan with a little help from their friends (CIA and Mossad). I do not believe that the whole truth concerning this clan of Psycopaths will ever be told.

Oct 19, 2015

Mesmerizing documentary of three extraordinary people who formed the evolution of the U.S. And , by extension, the world. Left me wishing Canada had same ability to promote our heroes in politics. 16 hours, so well worth it. I did 2 hours per evening.

Jun 24, 2015

We love Eleanor Roosevelt--- a great American and a wonderful First Lady. A true heroin. There are no sufficient words to describe her, or thank her, adequately.

Apr 26, 2015

This is an excellent series which gives the viewer the most detailed account of this intriguing political family. I knew very little about Teddy Roosevelt and learned a great deal about Eleanor's colorful uncle and Franklin's Oyster Bay cousin. There is approximately 14 hours of viewing but it is well worth it.

Jan 03, 2015

A fascinating examination of the three prominent members of the Roosevelt family, Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor, from director Ken Burns and writer Geoffrey Ward. The series follows their lives over the span of a century, the enormous impact each made on the national and international stage, and their legacies. It gives us the very human side of each, their strengths and flaws, and makes the audience wonder- where are people like these three today when we really need them?


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