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The Pilgrims' narrative has been shrouded in myth, embedded in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football, and parades. Who were the men and women who constituted this band of English Protestants whom we call "the Pilgrims"? A documentary film by award-winning director Ric Burns, The Pilgrims chronicles the deep history, origins, and critical first decade of the first permanent English colony in New England.
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PBSAmerican Experience: The Pilgrims DVD
 
4.5

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The final now for Roger Rees in a great program

Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby) is reflective and subltle in this last performance of his life, reciting from William Bradford's third person account of the Pilgrims. Not to be missed as the final bow...Read complete review

Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby) is reflective and subltle in this last performance of his life, reciting from William Bradford's third person account of the Pilgrims. Not to be missed as the final bow of a greet carrier.. The documentary is supported by a pantheon of great writers; including Nathaniel Philbrick; author of "Mayflower." A great documentary for American and British history collections

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Factual, But Unnecessary Dark & Politically Correct....

I was really looking forward to watching this documentary on the Pilgrims. My own understanding of them was fairly basic. And i wanted to fill in a lot of gaps. This DVD does...Read complete review

I was really looking forward to watching this documentary on the Pilgrims. My own understanding of them was fairly basic. And i wanted to fill in a lot of gaps. This DVD does give a lot of factual information. Especially at the start of the show. About who they were,there beginnings in England etc. That was great. But by the middle of the show it started to get very dark and foreboding. And showing most of the Pilgrim village scenes in bleak winter. By the end, i thought i was watching "the village of the dead". Then it also started getting very PC regarding the Pilgrims relationship with the Indians. This is especially evident in the deleted scenes section. The facts about history are most often harsh and brutal. The strong cultures have always overtaken the weak ones. We need a well balanced view of the truth. The Indians were also very cruel and brutal in there way too. And most importantly, we can't put 21st century morals on those of the past. And this is what happened in this docu. I generally liked the facts it gave. But it's the mood and presentation that failed this show. And left an overall negative and confusing view of these brave people.

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5.0

Very Informative - beautifully filmed

By Teacher Loves History

from Albuquerque

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Pilgrims DVD:

Excellant film! I have done research on this subject, and appreciate the varied details. It is somber but- no doubt - that was the reality of the times and place. The Thanksgiving story simply could not have been as "fun" and colorful as we were taught in school. This film has clearly been researched extensively.research Great commentary from experts. The camera work is beautifully done, as one can feel as if there. The film depicts the Pilgrims as the very real, brave and flawed people they were - and not one more story about a feast with happy Pilgrims and Indians. The reality is far more interesting than the usual "storybook" version.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Factual, But Unnecessary Dark & Politically Correct....

By Mister P

from Buffalo, New York

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Pilgrims DVD:

I was really looking forward to watching this documentary on the Pilgrims. My own understanding of them was fairly basic. And i wanted to fill in a lot of gaps. This DVD does give a lot of factual information. Especially at the start of the show. About who they were,there beginnings in England etc. That was great. But by the middle of the show it started to get very dark and foreboding. And showing most of the Pilgrim village scenes in bleak winter. By the end, i thought i was watching "the village of the dead". Then it also started getting very PC regarding the Pilgrims relationship with the Indians. This is especially evident in the deleted scenes section. The facts about history are most often harsh and brutal. The strong cultures have always overtaken the weak ones. We need a well balanced view of the truth. The Indians were also very cruel and brutal in there way too. And most importantly, we can't put 21st century morals on those of the past. And this is what happened in this docu. I generally liked the facts it gave. But it's the mood and presentation that failed this show. And left an overall negative and confusing view of these brave people.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

American Experience?

By Lou

from East Texas

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Pilgrims DVD:

The film was dark and critical of people who were persecuted because of their beliefs. There was a failure to describe the courage of those who fought to save them and the miraculous triumphs of these simple, God fearing people. Myles Standish was barely mentioned? It was more like a sad attempt to cover up the miracles that were afforded the pilgrims by God. I have read several accounts, both firsthand and others. This is not a good film. I am a descendant of Myles Standish.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A little too truthful

By Lu the Cammer

from Hastings, NE

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Pilgrims DVD:

I was a bit appalled by the brutality of these early settlers; however, the truth needs to be told.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Slow beginning but then speeds up to make a worthwhile watch

By mthefox

from Terre Haute, In

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Pilgrims DVD:

There was almost too much information in the beginning about the Separatists in England and their experiences in the Netherlands. Once their voyage began it speeds up and is a very enjoyable learning experience.

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