For years, some of the best documentaries you can find have been made for Public Broadcasting here in the States. Shows like "The American Experience" and the documentaries of Ken Burns are just some of these great shows that not only educate but entertain. "The War That Made America" is every bit as good!It's expertly crafted--a quality production throughout. And, surprisingly, it was made with a very significant budget for PBS--$14,000,000. It shows, as the acting, narration and re-creations are great.
"A Country Between" is the first of four shows that constitute this mini-series. Considering how amazingly good it is, it's a mighty impressive beginning--and shades of what is to come. It begins during the American Revolution and shows the re-creation of General Washington reading the Declaration of Independence to his men. The narrator then explains that this revolution was NOT Washington's first experience with war--and the show then goes back more than two decades to the very roots of the French-Indian War. Much of it relates to Washington and his experiences. In addition, the backdrop for the rivalry between Britain and France is given--and that's no surprise. But the show also is excellent because it considers the Natives' motivations--why some would side with the British and Colonists and some would side with the French. In addition to the participation of the American Indians, the show is also very interesting because it also talks briefly about the women--again, something that is often ignored.
Overall, a truly remarkable show that impressed me throughout. One thing that did surprise me was Graham Greene's participation (the Canadian/Native actor--and no relation to the famous Brit). While I've seen him in several other films playing Native roles, here he uses his REAL voice--and when he narrated I had no idea it was Greene! He did NOT sound anything like he does in films like "Dances With Wolves" or "The Last of His Tribe". He acts in some episodes as well.
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