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"American Experience" Henry Ford (2013)

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Original Air Date:
29 January 2013
HENRY FORD paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A lot to admire and a lot to abhor--it will never bore you See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Oliver Platt ... Narrator (voice)
Henry Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Steven Watts ... Himself, University of Missouri

Douglas Brinkley ... Himself, Rice University
John M. Staudenmaier ... Himself, University of Detroit Mercy
Nancy F. Koehn ... Herself, Harvard Business School
Greg Grandin ... Himself, professor of history, New York University
Hasia Diner ... Herself, New York University
Bob Casey ... Himself, retired senior curator, Henry Ford Museum
Beverly Gage ... Herself, Yale University
Nelson Lichtenstein ... Himself, University of California, Santa Barbara
Charles A. Lindbergh ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen Keller ... Herself (archive footage)
Clara Ford ... Herself (archive footage)
Edsel Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Eleanor Lowthian Clay ... Herself (archive footage)

Thomas A. Edison ... Himself (archive footage)
Harvey Firestone ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernest Kanzler ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sarah Colt 
Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sarah Colt .... producer
Sarah Colt .... senior producer
Helen Ryan Dobrowski .... co-producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Molly Jacobs .... producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Elizabeth Shea .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
P. Andrew Willis 
Cinematography by
John Baynard 
Film Editing by
Glenn Fukushima 
Sabrina Zanella-Foresi 
Production Management
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production manager
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Art Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... photo animation (as Alisa Placas)
Colin Mahoney .... series designer
Anna Saraceno .... photo animation
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
John O'Connor .... sound recordist
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Wyatt Sprague .... dialogue editor
Editorial Department
Seth Bomse .... editorial consultant
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production assistant
Glenn Fukushima .... post-production assistant
Spencer Gentry .... post-production
Shady Hartshorne .... assistant editor
John Jenkins-Stark .... post-production
Christopher Koons .... on-line editor
Lauren McGuiness .... assistant editor
Don Wylie .... colorist
Don Wyllie .... colorist
Location Management
Jeremiah Devlin-Ruelle .... location assistant
Julia O'Connor .... location assistant
Music Department
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Si-Jing Huang .... musician: violin
Rob Jaret .... composer: additional music
Rob Jaret .... orchestrator
Sato Knudsen .... musician: cello
Ronan Lefkowitz .... musician: violin
Mark Ludwig .... musician: viola
Richard Sebring .... musician: french horn
Other crew
Douglas Brinkley .... academic advisor
Joy Conley .... researcher
Casey Davis .... special project assistant
Hasia Diner .... academic advisor
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Beverly Gage .... academic advisor
Greg Grandin .... academic advisor
Lisa Hartjens .... archival researcher
Daniel Horowitz .... academic advisor
John Ives .... legal
Scott Kardel .... legal
Johanna Kovitz .... transcriptor
Nelson Lichtenstein .... academic advisor
Mary Lugo .... publicist
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... project administration
Afton Ojuri .... fact checker
Afton Ojuri .... production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Brynn Wellman Raupagh .... archival researcher
John M. Staudenmaier .... academic advisor
Steven Watts .... academic advisor
Cara White .... publicist
Helen K.C. Yung .... accountant
Cathy Carapella .... special thanks
Bob Casey .... special thanks
Chuck Costa .... very special thanks
Noah Dephoure .... special thanks
Matthew Dobrowski .... special thanks
Susan McCabe .... special thanks
John M. Staudenmaier .... special thanks
Steven Watts .... special thanks

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

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A lot to admire and a lot to abhor--it will never bore you, 31 January 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This installment of "The American Experience" is one that will never bore you despite its length. This is because there are so many things about the life of Henry Ford that will both impress you and completely repulse you--making him a strange and complex figure in American history.

The first portion of the documentary is about Henry Ford's rise towards becoming a titan of the auto industry. Most of this is stuff you will admire--his determination, his love of old fashioned values and the work ethic. However, as the show progresses the picture becomes more fuzzy and difficult to understand. While he was way ahead of his time by offering his workers fantastic wages, profit-sharing and a shorter work day, he later was rabidly anti- union, spied on his employees and was incredibly paranoid. But the picture gets worse as the film progresses, as Ford's antisemitism and narrow and inflexible manner make him a man that is easy to hate. All in all, with so much material and such a complex man, it must rank as one of the best episodes of this fantastic series--one that will impress you even if you aren't completely impressed by the man.

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