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"The American Experience" Robert E. Lee (2011)

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3 January 2011 (Season 23, Episode 1)
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Cast

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Jason Alan Carvell

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

Episode Crew
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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 .... production manager
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
 
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
Tom Trigo .... location manager
Jamila Wignot .... recreations director
Patricia Yusah .... project administration
 

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Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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Marble statue, 7 November 2014
Author: Goingbegging from United Kingdom

Eighty minutes of Robert E. Lee could have been a too-familiar history lesson, with the battles detailed in sequence, and ending with a fine sunset over Arlington.

Wisely, PBS has shuffled the pack and re-dealt it in the form of themes - glory, nobility, Christianity. From his first day at West Point, Lee wanted glory, and applied himself to relentless study of the military arts, without a glimmer of comradely relaxation. As for nobility, this was his birthright as a blue-blood Virginian, conferring obligations that he took seriously indeed. Christianity he only got round to in middle-age, but it became the inspiration of his barefoot and starving troops as they trudged towards surrender.

Remember, though, that Christianity was also the pretext for slavery, and it is possible to view Lee's religious observance as social churchgoing, rather than a driving belief. After all, he had declared that slavery was a great evil that the Almighty would bring to an end when He saw fit - perhaps rather a convenient claim for a slaveholder.

But there are other ironies about Lee. When the war began, he had almost no experience of commanding infantry, and his cautious early movements earned him the nickname 'Granny Lee'. Yet he ended as General-in-Chief of the Confederacy, leaving a legend of boldness and dash that would ring down the generations. And when he resigned from the regular army because he could not bear to draw his sword against the state of Virginia, he was effectively signing a death warrant for many thousands of young Virginians.

As with other programmes in the American Experience series, this one is a good mix of narrative, commentary and anecdote. It is refreshing to find an Afro-American Civil War historian (Ervin L. Jordan Jr.) who is neither a crusading activist nor a token graduate. The man exudes profound knowledge of the conflict and speaks about it objectively and with authority.

One or two surprising omissions. No word that it was Lee who had captured John Brown at the Harper's Ferry arsenal in 1859. And Stonewall Jackson goes virtually unmentioned, when many historians claim that it was actually the Lee-Jackson partnership that scored the big triumphs, and that without Jackson, there would have been no Lee. His chilly personality is noted; it fed his noble image, as though he was a marble statue. So it's even more interesting to know that his victory at Fredericksburg was so decisive that he threw-off restraint, for once in his life, and danced round the battlefield, hugging other officers, who probably couldn't believe their eyes and wouldn't have known what to say.

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