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T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I) 

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Tweed Roosevelt ...
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Good documentary
16 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The title is actually, "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt." It is part of PBS's American Experience series.

I enjoyed it, even though it runs around 4 hours. TR was an especially energetic president and would most likely be an Independent today. He romanticized war (a Republican characteristic), but supported labor (Democratic). He was chauvinistic, but a conservationist and did more to preserve land and parks and animals than probably anyone.

Grubin (the director) left out a good deal of history, but at 4 hours I suppose he had to leave out a lot. I recommend supplementing this documentary with a few biographies beforehand.

Also, this film tends to err on the side of "the good TR," rather than one we might disapprove of. Still, it's a good work and I recommend it.


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