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Thread #108772   Message #2276448
Posted By: GUEST,Guest
01-Mar-08 - 08:16 AM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Voice of Truth, I agree with what you are saying. I really enjoyed this program a lot, for many of the same reasons you mention. Pete is quite the iconoclast, so the tribute format seems a bit odd and jarring to a certain extent. We tend to do hagiographies of the famous these days, and rail against any sorts of critical biographies--a format that can deliver more than just feel good feelings about a person, and give us real insight into a fascinating person like Pete.

I often wonder why it is that so many people are so uncomfortable with the critical biography format, and so much prefer the tribute. Maybe it's that tendency to applaud our own memories and feelings that is at the heart of it.

But for this particular film, I really enjoyed the walk down memory lane, superficial as it was, for all the reasons people have mentioned. I didn't expect anything more than that, as one of the producers is a member of the local film community where I live, and had said it was intended to be just that. It is fine for what it is. Nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering. Just feel good, nice stuff.