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America & Lewis Hine: A Moving Portrait of One of America's Greatest Photographers [VHS] (1996)

John Crowley , Jason Robards , Nina Rosenblum  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: John Crowley, Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Margaret Byington, Lewis Hine
  • Directors: Nina Rosenblum
  • Writers: John Crowley, Daniel V. Allentuck, Laurie Block
  • Producers: Nina Rosenblum, Daniel V. Allentuck, David R. Loxton
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • VHS Release Date: December 23, 1996
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630429641X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Nina Rosenblum details the life of Lewis Hine using only the haunting pictures of this talented social photographer and archival film clips from early in the century. More than a biography, it is also an informative display of his evocative work. Rosenblum details the efforts of a man who strove to change America's perception of child and blue-collar labor through pictorial essays. Unfortunately, this documentary does not delve far enough into Hine's background and psyche. We know his work, but none of his motivations. No doubt the problem was that Rosenblum needed more than a mere 60 minutes to fully tell this story. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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One of the most influential and recognizable photographers in the world, Lewis Hine recorded the changing face of America in more than 10,000 images taken over 40 years. From immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and the plight of child laborers to the construction of the Empire State Building, he captured the human side of America’s wrenching transformation into an industrial colossus.

The winner of several major awards, AMERICA AND LEWIS HINE chronicles Hine’s life and art. An incredible collection of his photographs--including many never seen before--shows the power of his work. Highlighted by masterful direction and an evocative score, these images speak not only of Hine’s brilliance, but to the strength and character of the people he pictured.

Featuring Jason Robards as the voice of Lewis Hine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding December 15, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This is far and away the very best documentary of what life was life for working-class immigrants in America in the early twentieth century. Although many photographers from this time period get lumped in with the muckraking jouralists, Hine was different. He was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of this exploited class of people and cared more for their trust than he did in getting the so-called "scoop." His photography reflects this, and his legacy is well represented in his students, many of whom went on to photograph the Great Depression (a topic this film also touches upon).
This is a film that every student of American history should see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving portrait of an early photo journalist January 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I originally saw this on PBS, and then was lucky enough to get both the book and the VHS tape later on from Amazon. I also purchased a very good book on Lewis Hine from the Lourve when I was in Paris in 2000, which I also treasure. His photographs really speak to my deepest view of America.
Many of us know that America's past is dotted with not so grand moments. The industrial revolution at the turn of the century, with the exploitation of children and immigrants, is what Hine documents for us, and what is highlighted in this biographical accounting of his work. He was a master at capturing human diginity in these conditions, and all of his photographs are portraits. Its very obvious that his subjects knew of his humanity as they posed for him, and allowed the deepest parts of themselves to be revealed to him and his camera.
I have watched this VHS tape many times, and now all I have to do is hear the music and my eyes well up. This is a very nice piece of work about a very decent American photographer who captured a stark moment of Americans in America's history.
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