This episode of "The American Experience" is narrated by Courtney Vance (of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" fame). It's a very lengthy documentary about both Schmelling and Lewis boxing matches. In addition, background for the times and for both fighters is given in depth.
The story made for a compelling sporting event. Lewis was the new hope for Black America to have another boxing champ. Schmelling was used by the Nazi propaganda machine as their Aryan wonder. So, no matter who won the fights, it would be HUGE--huge nationally and internationally. I won't tell you who won the fights...find out for yourself if you don't already know.
Like all other wonderful episodes of this terrific PBS series, the film is made up of great narration, interviews, vintage photos and footage. Together, they are expertly intertwined to create a portrait of freedom versus repression. This is the third different film I've seen about this fight during the last year, and it might just be the best. Well worth seeing.
By the way, it's interesting in how in this show they emphasized how Schmelling cried out in a high and loud voice when hit by Lewis--yet this wasn't in the drama I saw about this or the other documentary.
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