Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts documents the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. Their individual stories are woven into a unified seven-part narrative, beginning with Theodore’s birth in 1858 and ending with Eleanor’s death in 1962, chronicling the family’s history and influence over a hundred-year period.
Cast and Commentators
- Narrated by Peter Coyote
- Voiceovers by Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, and John Lithgow
- Commentary by David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin
- “Get Action” (1858-1901)
- “In the Arena” (1901-1910)
- “The Fire of Life” (1910-1919)
- “The Storm” (1920-1933)
- “The Rising Road” (1933-1939)
- “The Common Cause” (1939-1944)
- “A Strong and Active Faith” (1944-1962)
- “This isn’t just a history lesson; it’s cinema.” - A.V. Club
- ”…a stunning reminder of why Ken Burns, having revolutionized the documentary series, continues to be the best in the business.” - Los Angeles Times
- “Masterful study of an American dynasty.” - USA Today
- Directed and produced by Ken Burns
- Written by Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward
- DVD or Blu-Ray discs
- Number of discs: 7
- Runtime: 840 minutes
- Not rated
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