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Hamilton is studied and dissected from his most ignoble birth as an illegitimate from the West Indies to his rise to fame as leader pro-temp of the American Revolution and his ultimate death in a duel. There is nothing candy-coated about PBS's approach to Hamilton, superbly acted by Tony Award Winning stage actor Brian O' Byrne (DOUBT,FROZEN).Hamilton is presented in an extremely fair and unbiased way as the genius that he was, the braggart and irascible pain he could be,as a dutiful husband, as an adulterer, as an abolitionist,as a friend to Washington and as a foe to Jefferson.In other words, Hamilton will be seen with all of his bravado and all of his warts. Even the most amateur psychologist would have a field day with Hamilton!
The pace is brisk and lively and informative.There is nothing boring or overly documentarian about this PBS special.History becomes VERY ALIVE with this interpretation of Alexander Hamilton. The times, the people and the historical events are portrayed accurately and with real panache, perfect for teaching or simply informative viewing.You will learn about the struggle to bring the Constitution to law, the founders who opposed it and why, and that a lot DOES NOT change to the present!!! A MUST SEE AND HAVE FOR THE SERIOUS VIEWER!
A great companion film would be the Ric Burns' 5 or 7 set NEW YORK which contains a lot of info on Hamilton.
I, however, have to say this film is kind of scratching the skin. For example, as Secretary of the Treasury, his policies have enormous impacts on the whole country, from the Louisiana Purchase to NYSE. Unfortunately, you can't sense this in the film, even this part is complemented in the Special Features. In addition, you can't feel he is a man with the personality of controversy as told in the beginning of this film. You just feel he is a man with passion and idealism. The reason might be that this film stresses more on his bright sides rather than dark sides. Of course it's good to know his contributions and I admire that. But it is just not so realistic.
My favorite part of this film is the last chapter, Hamilton's Legacy. Even though the content of this film is not so convincing, I still feel moved when watching this chapter. The comments on him are also excellent. For example, "He doesn't need a monument (as Washington and Jefferson). We live in Hamilton's monument."
For me, it's good to know more about Alexander Hamilton. After all, he is the man on the 10 dollar bill and he must have something great. In a word, He is a visionary whom prople didn't appreciate at his times.
The camera, in one particular take, while showing the room behind him too, draws in on a facial expression of Mr. Soloman that just beams with the self-confidence and insecurities of a self-made man. For a moment, it's almost as if Hamilton himself has been caught on film, as Soloman petitions us thusly: "Why has government been instituted at all?"......"Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without restraint."
Later Soloman continues to quote Hamilton that "order is the key to [personal] liberty."
Oh, so was a royalist, was he? Jefferson thought he was, or at least tried to tar him with that moniker because Jefferson continued to imbibe of the Spirit of 76 even after the 1787 'Miracle at Philadelphia,' at least in part, superseded it. Regarding "the dangers of maintaining a continuous revolutionary mentality in America, Hamilton believed that revolutions ended in tyranny because they glorified revolution as a permanent state of mind. The spirit of compromise and a concern with order were needed to balance the quest for liberty. That's why Hamilton penned the Federalist Papers (enlisting support from Madison and, to a lesser extent, John Jay) to champion the proposed American Constitution; a constitution designed to check unfettered passions from going the way that the French Revolution did just a few years hence.Read more ›
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American Experience remains one of the best programs on television. This episode adds to their reputation. If you need or want a primer on Hamilton, without picking up Ron C. Read morePublished 1 month ago by csmith8354
interesting story of this man who was our first national secretary of treasury and set up our banking system. Read morePublished 4 months ago by emptywallet
Excellent docu-drama. Chuck full of wonderful insight into this brilliant man.Published 11 months ago by potosapatty
I thought it was a good overview of Hamilton. By 11th grader and 8th grader are both studying that period in school and it made him come alive to them.Published 11 months ago by Mary Gail O'Dea
I was not as familiar with Mr. Hamiton's life,as with others,but I enjoyed the effort made to make this figure of history an interesting person within this movie.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Shadow Knows
excellent true story educational and interesting. Found out things not in history book.Published 14 months ago by Dyana J. Mullican
Learned so much more about this great American. Acting and settings were superb.Published 18 months ago by Jerry