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Louisa May Alcott was no little woman, and her life was no children's book. Louisa May Alcott's story is as full of incident, surprise, and heroism as any plot she invented. This first film biography of the beloved author of Little Women stars Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) in a detailed portrait that replaces the image of a New England spinster with a living, breathing, modern woman.
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4.0

A Good Overview of L.A.Alcott's life

By Garnetta

from Upstate New York

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015) DVD:

I enjoyed this presentation when I first saw it last year, so much so that I recently purchased it. It is not a 'movie', but more an acted documentary using her words and including interviews about her by noted persons. I saw her as a woman with grit and sensitivity. Would love to see a feature film of this most admirable and remarkable woman.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Louisa's very different from Jo March

By History Buff

from Keene NH

Comments about PBS American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015) DVD:

It was interesting to discover things about Louisa May Alcott I didn't know and the role her father, Bronson, played in her life. The program also brought out the part he played in the intellectual life of the Concord Transcendentalists. It also gave much credit to Louisa's mother Abigail for her part in Louisa's development as well.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Life and Times of Louisa May Alcott Revisited

By RevFaith

from Utica NY USA

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015) DVD:

Much has been learned about the family and literary life of one of the best-loved and most-read of America's authors of children's literature since the mid-1950's when I first read "Little Women". Louisa May Alcott's total literary output may well continue to augmented by new discoveries; writing under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard among others she published stories and novels on adult themes not congruent with contemporary ideas of material suitable to all readers.
Additionally, scholarly attention has been paid to the lives and ideas of Alcott's parents as well as to the educational theories developed by her father, Bronson Alcott, which deeply influenced her writing for children -- in most of which a school and/or a theory of human development is explored.
This DVD gives a lively and judicious account of the life and times of Louisa May Alcott, incorporating new biographical material as well as incorporating the rarefied literary climate and context of her most productive years in Concird and Boston.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a 'little' woman!

By Peggy

from Charleston , Illinois

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015) DVD:

Woman and girls all over the world have read and loved Alcott's story about sisters growing from girlhood to womanhood. We have suspected that the character of Jo might be Louisa herself, and that is true - but only to an extent. Her creator had many of the same traits - the curiosity, sense of humor, creativity, impatience, and 'unladylike' tendencies, as well as devotion to her parents and sisters. But her life led her away from marriage and into other adventures, including service as a nurse during the Civil War. This program shows Louisa May Alcott as an inspiration woman, not in any sense 'little.'

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
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A little Disappointing

By Shotsie

from Shreveport, LA

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015) DVD:

The description about this DVD is that it's a bio drama about Louisa May Alcott and list the actors. To me, this leaves the impression it's more of a movie about her life not narration, historians and others talking with acting in the background. I haven't completed the DVD yet, it's that interesting.

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