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"American Experience" Robert E. Lee (2011)

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American Experience: Season 23: Episode 1 -- From PBS and American Experience - Robert E. Lee is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history.


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3 January 2011 (Season 23, Episode 1)
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A different portrait of Lee than I'd seen in the past...he was more human and more flawed in this installment of "The American Experience". See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast)

Jason Alan Carvell

Kara Jackson ... Mary Lee
Michael Murphy ... Himself / Narrator

Episode Crew
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Zwonitzer 

Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Hazel Gurland .... associate producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Mark Zwonitzer .... producer
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
Film Editing by
Bruce Shaw 
Production Design by
Akeime Mitterlehner 
Art Direction by
R. Mark Hughes 
Production Management
Deborah Clancy Porfido .... production manager (as Deborah Clancy)
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Kaufmann .... assistant director
Art Department
Kirk Graves .... property master
Jeremiah Hornbaker .... set dresser
Alison Kennedy .... designer
Ann-Ruffin Minarik .... art production assistant (as Ann Minarik)
Bruce Shaw .... motion graphics
John Sicoransa .... production illustrator
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
James Briggs III .... dialogue editor
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor
Sara Chin .... sound
Benjamin Clore .... sound
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
Shayne Parden .... sound
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
J.T. Takagi .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Andracke .... additional photography
Charles Bevan .... grip
Joshua Cross .... key grip
Andrew Eckmann .... grip
Marc Labbate .... gaffer
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera
Todd Ranson .... gaffer
Robert Spencer .... best boy electric
Hektor Stockton .... electrician
Travis Tomlinson .... gaffer
Jonathan Weaver .... assistant camera
Tim Wicks .... best boy grip
Animation Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... animator (as Alisa Placas)
Aaron Nee .... animator
Editorial Department
Martin Benn .... colorist
Martin Benn .... on-line editor
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production assistant
Glenn Fukushima .... post-production assistant
Spencer Gentry .... on-line editor
Greg Shea .... post-production assistant
Paul Taylor .... senior editor
Location Management
Tom Trigo .... location manager
Music Department
Peggy Baldwin .... musician
Kevin Bluhm .... music editor
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Diego Morales .... musician
John Rodd .... music mix engineer
Anatoly Rosinsky .... musician
Andrew Shulman .... musician
Richard Todd .... musician
Philip Vaiman .... musician
John Wittenberg .... musician
Other crew
Jon Allen .... production assistant
Jessica Barbosa .... production intern
Rob Barnett .... production intern (as Robert Barnett)
Sean Cleary .... marketing
James E. Dunford .... series manager
Eric Eaton .... production assistant
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Pamela Gaudiano .... project administration
Tiffany Hagger .... production intern
Wesley Hevia .... production intern
Molly Jacobs .... production assistant
Maureen Jordan .... legal
Scott Kardel .... legal
Timothy Messler .... production coordinator
Jacob Pooler .... production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Gratianne Quade .... production intern
Rob Rapley .... additional researcher
Colleen Sackheim .... transcriber
Jane Sakowski Bell .... craft service
Tory Starr .... production assistant
Jamila Wignot .... recreations director
Patricia Yusah .... project administration

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A different portrait of Lee than I'd seen in the past...he was more human and more flawed in this installment of "The American Experience"., 2 October 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I enjoyed this documentary about Robert E. Lee--mostly because it dispelled many myths I'd been taught as a student. First, while Lee was a bit conflicted about joining with the Confederacy, it was NOT a major conflict--he was very happy with slavery and didn't seem to have nearly as many second-thoughts as I'd heard. Second, he was far less successful than I'd always heard--especially early in the war. So, while he was quite beloved by his men, he often made poor decisions--especially each time he invaded the North (such as at Antietam and Gettysburg). It seemed to really demystify the man--making him see a lot more human than many earlier portrayals. Third, he was not an especially nice person--endorsing the whipping of runaway slaves and not particularly enjoying time he spent with his family. He was, to put it bluntly, a man who liked being at war--or at least being in military service and he was lost when not serving.

Like most of the PBS documentaries, it has excellent narration, a few historians giving their insights and an extensive use of photos and paintings--along with nice evocative music. It's a first-rate production all around and is about the best and most well-rounded one I have seen. Well worth seeing.

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