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While giving a lesson in the art of making apple pie for Thanksgiving day dinner, a German women who married an American G.I. and left her war torn country, reflects on coming to America in... See full summary »

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While giving a lesson in the art of making apple pie for Thanksgiving day dinner, a German women who married an American G.I. and left her war torn country, reflects on coming to America in the early 50's and learning to bake, " as American as apple pie." Written by Anonymous

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Pretty good, but I wanted to hear more about Elsa's life
22 March 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an independent short that I assume was made by on of Elsa's children or grandchildren. She was an immigrant from Germany to the US at the end of WWII and she very, very briefly talks about this. Most of the film, however, is not spent reminiscing about Germany, the war or adapting to life in America. Instead, Elsa talks through how to make an American dish (apple pie) step by step. While I found her very engaging and it looked like a nice pie (though I like mine without raisins), I also felt frustrated because this lady had so much knowledge and important memories and instead of imparting them, it looked more like a cooking show. My advice to the film's maker, Tim Duquette, is to make more films with her--but please let her just talk about her life. Sure, I understand that the pie is a metaphor for her life, but since she is in her 70s it certainly would be interesting to chronicle her life for posterity. Just my two cents worth.


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