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

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The 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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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
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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Writing credits
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Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good and Detailed Look at Lee, 23 November 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The American Experience: Robert E. Lee (2011)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good episode in the series takes a look at the tragic career of Robert E. Lee. The documentary covers his early days at West Point to his final ones and the various troubles he had throughout. Even though Lee is looked at as a genius today, it's clear that his temper and way of life led to many heartaches for not only himself but those he loved most. This episode of the terrific series features everything one has come to expect from the experts storytelling to some wonderful photos and of course a detailed look at the subject. Over the past few weeks I've spent a lot of time going through various Civil War documentaries as well as more detailed looks at the men involved. It seems opinions on Lee are always high and this documentary really gives one a great idea as to why he's so well remembered today and so highly respected even if he did lose the Civil War for the South. The documentary spends the majority of its time (at least an hour of the 82-minute running time) on the Civil War and we get all sorts of great stories about Lee's decisions and how he ended up leading the South. Some of the best stories detail Lee's personal lose including the destruction it caused his family and we even see how Lee's turned white headed six months into the war. Fans of the series, Civil War buffs or those just interested in Lee should be highly entertained by this episode.

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