American Experience: Kinsey
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What I learned was that the film stayed fairly faithful to Kinsey's actual life experiences, with a few key omissions for dramatic purposes:
1. Kinsey's death is not treated in the film as it actually occurred. Actually, the movie pretty much avoids the issue entirely. The dang movie just had to have a happy ending.
2. Kinsey's ethical lapses are not treated objectively in the film. Gaps in his taxonomy and statistical technique are explained in the documentary, warts and all.
3. His wife's devotion to him is underplayed in the movie, as is Kinsey's more extensive personal experiments in sex.
Watch this documentary for a little balance...
But I felt like the documentary also glossed over a few subjects that could have been explored in deeper detail such as his marriage to Clara and his relationship with his children which was barely mentioned. Also, they never really said what specific masochistic tendencies he indulged in especially after he became depressed. The latter part of his life after the publication of his second volume of work was covered too briefly. I thought what his colleagues had to say on how he didn't include love in the "mechanics" of sex was also interesting and how he seemed to be detached. Ironic how the "father of sex" couldn't make love.....I would recommend the documentary and the movie with Liam Nieson as a complementary package. Whereas the movie portrayed him almost as the hero of sexual research, the documentary goes on to show that there were a few chinks in the knight's armor but without demonizing him.
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Excellent DVD on Kinsey. I show in Human Sexuality class each semester.....It is the best of the documentaries available. in 20-13Published on March 31, 2013 by David H. Knox
The video that was sent to me was not the one advertised through Amazon. This is a =-( situation because I purchased the video to supplement materials for a paper and so the... Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Vi
Other reviewers here, who for good reason are opposed to Kinsey's agenda and the obfuscation of truth that has characterized his "deification" by leftist cultural reformers, have... Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Dean Winiarski
This documentary does not begin to explain the horrible truth about Alfred Kinsey, the man known as the "father of the sexual revolution. Read morePublished on January 22, 2010 by thechrisaccount
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Though there are a few things left out in this 90-minute film (such as Dr. Kinsey's relationship with his children), most of the important aspects of his life and work are... Read morePublished on April 1, 2007 by Anyechka