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Thread #155578 Message #3661658
Posted By: Don Firth
18-Sep-14 - 08:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
Subject: RE: BS: Anybody watching 'The Roosevelts' on PBS
lefthanded guitar, I agree wholeheartedly with what you say in your first paragraph above.
But I'm afraid not with the second paragraph. I've always like Ken Burns' historical films, from "The Civil War" on. MOST informative and interestingly presented, at least to me.
Burns is, of course, not narrating the series. Actually, I think there are a couple of narrators, along with several well-known actors. Meryl Streep does a great job of voicing Eleanor Roosevelt (sounds like her), but Edward Herrmann just doesn't cut it as the voice of FDR. I remember that voice, and Edward Herrmann just ain't it, sorry.
I think there are times when you DO hear FDR's actual voice in the programs. There should be plenty available, what with newsreels, old radio transcription discs, etc.—assuming that some idiot didn't toss 'em out….
By the way, I just ran across a note that PBS will be running Burns' series on "The Dust Bowl" in November. That was a heavy time, contemporary with the Great Depression and FDR's administration(s)! Yet another thing he had to deal with!
One of the things I like about Burns is his thoroughness and his getting across the "flavor" of the times his films are about, often through the subtle use of background music—often hardly noticeable, but there.