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"The American Experience" Woodrow Wilson: Episode Two - The Redemption of the World (2002)

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Writers:
Carl Byker (writer)
Robert McDonnell (writer)
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13 January 2002 (Season 14, Episode 5)
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Cast

 (Episode Cast)

Rene Auberjonois ... (voice)

Ray Baker ... (voice)
Wally Burr ... (voice)

Jude Ciccolella ... Himself / Narrator
Ginnine Cocuzza
William Hartston
Ike Hoover ... (voice)

Linda Hunt ... Herself / Narrator
Steve Kramer
Kurt McCortney
Peter Parks

Marion Ross ... (voice)

Charles Sammarco

Eric Stoltz ... (voice)
Ellen Wilson ... (voice)
Woodrow Wilson ... (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Carl Byker 
Mitch Wilson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl Byker  writer
Robert McDonnell  writer
John Mora  writer
David Mrazek  writer
Lonon F. Smith  writer
Douglas Varchol  writer

Produced by
Carl Byker .... producer
Philip Dunn .... producer
Teresa Fitzgerald .... co-producer
Robert McDonnell .... associate producer
Isaac Mizrahi .... producer
John Mora .... co-producer
David Mrazek .... producer
Robert H. Sanborn .... executive producer
Douglas Varchol .... producer
Mickey Worsnup .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Vanacore 
Vic Vanacore 
 
Cinematography by
Mitch Wilson 
 
Film Editing by
Kate Johnson 
Victor Livingston 
 
Costume Design by
Shura Pollatsek 
 
Production Management
Bettina Bennewitz .... production manager
Joyce Campbell .... production director
 
Art Department
Ruben Espinosa .... designer
Russell Stone .... development artist
 
Sound Department
Thomas J. Huth .... sound
Scott C. Kolden .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dylan O'Brien .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mark Pedante .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
John Morton Blum .... academic advisor
Victoria Bissell Brown .... academic advisor
Joyce Campbell .... production executive
Jack Combs .... production coordinator
John Milton Cooper .... historian
Lauren Deutsch .... researcher
Katrin Frye .... production assistant
Dale Herigstad .... creative director
Yvonne Johnson .... rights and clearances
Jackie Kain .... vice president
Michael Kazin .... academic advisor
David Kennedy .... academic advisor
Walter LaFeber .... academic advisor
May Bo Lam .... media assistant
John Mulder .... academic advisor
David Plettner .... researcher
Susan Reardon .... legal
Jennifer Richmond .... legal
Ronald Schaffer .... academic advisor
Joan Brodsky Schur .... advisor
Andrea Smith .... researcher
John Thompson .... academic advisor
Bret Tonkiss .... media assistant
Jay Winter .... academic advisor
 

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Writing credits
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Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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Very good--but a tiny bit flawed., 18 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is the second part of the two-part documentary "The American Experience" presented on Woodrow Wilson. The first portion went from his birth until early in his first administration when his wife died. This second portion picks up there, goes to WWI and finishes in the early 1920s when Wilson died from complications from a stroke.

Like all the other "American Experience" episodes, this was well made and consisted of narration, photos, recreations and interviews. It's all quite interesting and does a good job of putting across Wilson's weird idealism. I say weird because he took the US into the war that killed many men--yet he seemed convinced that he was a man of peace and the war was a moral endeavor. Sadly, it wasn't--and Wilson's complete abandonment of the Constitution (by suspending free speech and locking up folks with little evidence--just a suspicion that they were 'dangerous' to the war effort). The film did talk about this VERY briefly but you only get a tiny picture of this problem. Sure, they mention Eugene Debs going to prison but the film ignores all the others jailed just for exercising their rights to free speech as well as the Supreme Court's reaction to all this. Considering how the First Amendment is fundamental to Americans, this SHOULD have been explored in greater depth--as it is probably the biggest failing of Wilson's administration.

Another issue I had with the film, and this is because I am a retired history teacher, is that it gives a false impression of the sinking of the Lusitania. Evidence today clearly indicate that the ship was illegally exposing passengers to harm by using the ship to transport weapons. Recent dives have established this by bringing back bombs and the like--though in defense of the film, this discovery came just AFTER the show aired. So, they are not to blame because at the time there was some controversy as to whether or not it carried weapons. But I do blame the show for not mentioning this controversy, as this raged for many decades before the debate was finally settled a few years ago.

Now it sounds as if I hated the film--I did not. I just don't think it was as thorough and well made as their biographies on FDR, Nixon and other American leaders. Very good--but it could have been a bit better--and part one was, perhaps, a bit better made and factual.

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