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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' 



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Louisa May Alcott
Bronson Alcott
Lousia May Alcott
Ednah Cheney
Dossy Peabody ...
Abigail Alcott
Teen Louisa
Haley Garvin ...
Toddler Louisa
Marianna Bassham ...
May Alcott
Maggie Quigley ...
Child May Alcott
Linda Amendola ...
Anna Alcott
Teen Anna Alcott
Anna Finklestein ...
Teen Beth Alcott
Eleanor Farris ...
'Lulu' May Alcott Nierecker
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beno Chapman ...
Henry David Thoreau


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Release Date:

28 December 2009 (USA)  »

Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Outstanding portrait & window into life in the 1800s
31 October 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

It doesn't matter if you are a fan of "Little Woman" or not - this portrait of Louisa May Alcott is a detailed, unromantic, fascinating account of life in the USA in the 1880s, and shatters a lot of myths about life and wealth for American women in that time - even as it confirms others. Finding out that Louisa May Alcott was such a prolific writer, that she wrote fiery, even sensational novels stories under the nom de plume A. M. Barnard, was mind-blowing, as was her experience the first time she went to Europe and her time in the Civil War. She was a feminist and an abolitionist at a time when neither were popular things to be. So much of this story is in her own words, or in the words of her family and friends all around her, done in re-enactments, woven among commentary by historians and researchers. Yet, by the time it's over, you feel like you have watched a movie, not a documentary. I recorded this show on a whim, and it took weeks before I turned it on to half watch it while working - and I ended up getting no work done.

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