The Roosevelts (film)

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
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Genre Documentary film
Based on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward
Directed by Ken Burns
Starring Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrmann, Meryl Streep
Narrated by Peter Coyote
Theme music composer David Cieri
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes Seven
Production
Producer(s) Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom, Ken Burns
Cinematography Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
Editor(s) Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers, Daniel J. White
Running time 14 h (840 min)
Production company(s) Florentine Films
Distributor Public Broadcasting Service
Release
Original network PBS
Original release
  • September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)
External links
Website www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a 2014 American documentary film directed and produced by Ken Burns. It covers the lives and times of the Roosevelt family, including Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican and the 26th President of the United States; Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat and the 32nd President of the United States, a cousin of Theodore; and Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, a niece of Theodore who had wed Franklin. As a result of the influence of Theodore and Franklin as Presidents, as well as Eleanor as First Lady, a modern democratic state of equal opportunity was begun in the United States. The documentary film begins with the birth of Theodore in 1858 and ends with the death of Eleanor in 1962.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Actors and historians

The documentary film is narrated by Peter Coyote. Actors read lines of various historical figures and a series of noted commentators give background information. They include:

As themselves:

Other voices include: Adam Arkin, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, Carl Lumbly, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thornton, and Eli Wallach.

Episodes

No. Episode[8] Original air date
1 "Get Action" (1858–1901) September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)[9]
Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt all overcame challenging circumstances early in their lives during the Gilded Age. As a result of the influence of Theodore and Franklin as Presidents, as well as Eleanor as First Lady, a modern democratic state of equal opportunity was begun in the United States.
2 "In The Arena" (1901–1910) September 15, 2014 (2014-09-15)[10]
Theodore becomes the 26th President of the United States, fights corporate greed, builds the Panama Canal and helps preserve wilderness areas. Franklin marries Eleanor and enters politics by running for the New York state senate.
3 "The Fire of Life" (1910–1919) September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)[11]
Theodore pursues a progressive crusade and, as a result, compromises the Republican Party. Later, he promotes America's entry into World War I. Franklin serves as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He becomes involved with another woman and his relationship with Eleanor becomes a purely political partnership.
4 "The Storm" (1920–1933) September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17)[12]
Franklin runs for Vice President of the United States but his party loses the election. The next year, he is stricken with a disabling paralytic illness. Eleanor develops a political life of her own. Franklin becomes Governor of New York and, later, runs for the office of President of the United States.
5 "The Rising Road" (1933–1939) September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18)[13]
Franklin becomes the 32nd President of the United States, introduces the New Deal to help resolve the Great Depression and undertakes the issue of Adolf Hitler's rise in Germany. Eleanor provides Franklin with a liberal perspective and becomes, herself, a political force.
6 "The Common Cause" (1939–1944) September 19, 2014 (2014-09-19)[14]
Franklin, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, promotes America's entry into World War II and eventual Allied victory. During wartime, Eleanor helps to maintain the earlier New Deal initiatives and comforts wounded troops in the Pacific.
7 "A Strong and Active Faith" (1944–1962) September 20, 2014 (2014-09-20)[15]
Franklin wins a fourth term as President, plans for peacetime but dies while in office on April 12, 1945. Eleanor, after Franklin's death, promotes civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. She died in 1962 and was mourned as First Lady of the World.

Gallery

Reviews and criticism

The series premiered to positive reviews and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for Peter Coyote's narration of the first episode.[16] In September 2014, The Roosevelts became the most streamed documentary on the PBS website to date.[17]

One critic of the series, Michelangelo Signorile, wrote in The Huffington Post that the production was entertaining but noticeably omitted any references to the Newport sex scandal and another scandal involving Sumner Welles. Signorile also criticized Burns' dismissal of a possible sexual relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as 'tabloid' material.[18] Pulitzer Prize winning historian John Loughey was similarly dismayed that the Newport affair was not included in the series.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ Moore, Frazier (September 10, 2014). "PBS' 'The Roosevelts' portrays an epic threesome". AP News. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (September 12, 2014). "A Family’s Rough Ride Through an American Era". New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Egan, Timothy (September 4, 2014). "Roosevelts to the Rescue". New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Poniewozik, James (September 12, 2014). "Review: The Roosevelts Gets Up Close and Personal With History". Time Magazine. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 10, 2014). "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History PBS, **** out of four". USA Today. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (September 10, 2014). "TV Review: ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hollander, Sophia (September 5, 2014). "More Questions for Filmmaker Ken Burns On ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode Guide". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 01". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 02". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 03". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 04". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 05". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 06". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ Staff (2014). "The Roosevelts - Episode 07". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ge, Linda (September 12, 2015). "Creative Arts Emmys: The Complete Winners List". The Wrap. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ Staff (September 22, 2014). "Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Docu His Most Streamed To Date". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ Signorile, Michelangelo (September 23, 2014). "'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ Confino, Arielle (September 29, 2014). "FDR’s Dark Anti-Gay Legacy in Newport". Go Local Prov. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 

External links

  • The Roosevelts at the PBS WebSite/1.
  • The Roosevelts at the PBS WebSite/2.
  • The Roosevelts at the Ken Burns WebSite.
  • The Roosevelts on IMDb.
  • The Roosevelts - Episodes: PBS; TV; VOX.
  • The Roosevelts - Trailer (01:20) on YouTube.
  • The Roosevelts – video search on Youtube.
  • The Roosevelts – video search on Dailymotion.

Quotations related to Theodore Roosevelt at Wikiquote
Quotations related to Franklin D. Roosevelt at Wikiquote
Quotations related to Eleanor Roosevelt at Wikiquote

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