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The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)

Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10, Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905. His ... See full summary »

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Richard Kaplan

Writer:

Archibald Macleish (as Archibald MacLeish)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Eric Sevareid Eric Sevareid ... Narrator (voice) (as Eric Severeid)
Archibald Macleish Archibald Macleish ... Narrator (voice) (as Archibald MacLeish)
Corinne Alsop Cole Corinne Alsop Cole ... Narrator (voice) (as Mrs. Francis Cole)
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Hillary Clinton ... Herself
Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
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Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10, Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905. His election in 1932 allows Eleanor to step up to national prominence, battling for civil rights and visiting troops during World War II. After her husband's death, Roosevelt continues to advocate for human rights at the U.N., proving herself one of America's great humanitarians. Written by Jwelch5742

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USA

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English

Release Date:

8 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Erroneously listed as an AIP (American International Pictures) release in the AMPAS's award list. See more »

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Not really a biography but more of an uncritical and extremely effusive tribute
4 February 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am NOT anti-Eleanor Roosevelt in any way, however, this Oscar-winning film is not something I could recommend. Why? Well, because the film does not seem like a biography at all--perhaps not even a documentary. Instead of giving a semi-balanced and occasionally critical analysis of her life, it's more an effusive tribute the the lady. While some like this sort of thing, I hate it for a film about anyone to be so gushing and fully of flowery prose (as the narration was written by a noted poet, Archibald Macleish). Heck, if I were Mrs. Roosevelt, I'd be turning in my grave or haunting those who made the film because it seems so unreal--like she was being nominated for sainthood! Her life was indeed fascinating and she was an admirable woman, so perhaps there is a better documentary you can find about her---I'd just steer clear of this one.

By the way, I did mention that this was an Oscar winner. Considering Eleanor Roosevelt had just recently died and was beloved by many, I can understand why the film was a winner. Today, however, I can't see it even being nominated because of its style. Plus, she is no longer held in such high regard as younger people have begun to forget who she was and her remarkable life.

Also, there was one portion of the film I did like--the discussion of her very bleak childhood. I really wanted to hear more about this and found a more human side to her here. Later, though, it got pretty bad.


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