The conclusion of a two-part biopic, Eleanor Roosevelt continues to recall the life of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, starting from his election to the White House all the way through the end of his life. Roosevelt faces many challenges during his time in the Oval Office including the Great Depression, World War II, and an illness that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down.Written by
Though the film shows the Roosevelts visiting Franklin Roosevelt's secretary Marguerite "Missy" LeHand following her collapse and subsequent stroke, in fact, Franklin Roosevelt never visited LeHand after she fell ill, most likely due to his emotional and psychological inability to deal with others to whom he was close who were ill or dying, which is explained in an earlier scene in which Eleanor visits the dying Louis Howe, Franklin Roosevelt's political advisor. See more »
I saw this film when in first came out and was blown away then. I just got a DVD copy and was likewise blown away.
I marvel at the producers/directors finding actors who closely resemble the main actors. And am beginning to believe that Jane Alexander can play bloody anything. Of course, I know that make up and face-altering items were used, but by golly, you feel that you are witnessing what they actually looked like and sounded like.
There are many speeches of FDR that Herrmann could imitate, and Eleanor was known mainly from her "My Day" column. And I've read that she had a high-pitched, sharp voice.
Not known by many, but Eleanor flew to bases in the Pacific BEFORE pressurized cabins and loss part of her hearing in the process. But she was such an great human being, that nobody every knew.
Of course, the source material was great. And it is painless history for everybody to enjoy and learn from.
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