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The creation of Louis Schwartzberg, the concept is wonderful, and the cinematography stunning. With the exception of the steelworkers struggling to keep their town and plant alive, all these stories of human ingenuity are positive and sometimes quite humorous, like the fantastic decorated cars, and the man from Colorado with the ham bullet.
Among the many images and stories that linger in my mind are the extraordinary gravity-defying, cliff-hanging ballet, the glowing, beautiful Mosie Burks, as she sings her gospel music and spreads her joy, the wisdom of the Appalachian weaver who says "I've been broke, but I've never been poor", ex-con and Olympic boxer Michael Bennett, helping kids to re-make their lives as he has done, and Klezmer clarinetist David Krakower playing the marvelous music of his heritage.
This is a film one could see numerous times because it is packed with content, dazzling visuals, and an overall upbeat outlook; in fact, there is no way one could absorb all that is in this film in a single viewing, or even two or three viewings.
Filled with music that delights the spirit, like Mosie's gospel songs, New Orleans jazz from James Andrews, rock 'n' roll from the Pino brothers, Marc Savoy's Cajun tunes, David's soulful clarinet, some fabulous salsa dancers, and much more. The soundtrack is by Joel McNeely with a song by John Mellencamp. Bravo Mr. Schwartzberg, for this film that celebrates creativity, and the greatness of this magnificent land. Total running time is 88 minutes.
It is a collection of about 25 short vignettes of people doing what they love - pursuing their passions. Some of those passions are odd - like gluing stuff to your car - and some are astounding - like the cliff dancers of Bandaloop. Some are soulful and some are funny. But all of them are heartfelt and just beautifully presented.
I don't know how it got positioned as "the antidote to Farenheit 9/11", because it is not political, not polemical, and completely unrelated! About the only thing the two movies have in common is that they are both "documentaries" - although I have my doubts about Moore's film being a documentary at all.
Louis Schwarzberg has done a magnificent job of capturing some of the glories of this country - both the people and the scenery. I say, "good on ya," Louis. I can't wait to own a copy - and give one to my family and friends. I highly, highly recommend it for a change from the routine garbage presented as fact. It's just a lovely piece of filmwork.
Dancers play with gravity as they dance on rock faces and explain why we often feel a sense of wanting to throw ourselves into the freedom of falling. Decorated cars become moving art to bring happiness wherever they travel. Steel workers buy their factory to save their jobs and health insurance coverage. A former seal swims through traffic in New York as he delivers letters and faces numerous challenges.
There is also a sense of determination as a woman notes: "I've been broke many times, but I've never been poor." This story asks many questions about what it means to be rich in spirit and tells the story of how many American's find more freedom and happiness far away from the big cities.
Americans tell the story of home and belonging. There is humor, art, music and scenes in nature so profoundly beautiful it will inspire you to make plans to travel to various states. Fields of purple grapes, emerald swamps, majestic mountains and aerial views make this a stunning presentation.
Through watching Disney's celebration of the American Spirit you will get a sense of "This is how life should be." I loved the humor in the section with the Vermont Dairy Farmer. There are courageous, funny, passionate and memorable musical moments.
Four Extended Musical Performances
Audio Commentary with Director/Produces Louis Schwartzberg
~The Rebecca Review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good, but about the time you get interested, it changes subjects and you're left hanging.Published 4 months ago
This is such a fun concept for a movie. We found the music, the scenery and the slice of life segments fun and entertaining. This is almost a great family movie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Betta Days
Arrived very quickly. A brand new beautiful copy. Just perfect. Thank you.Published 10 months ago by Daniel
wonderful and inspiring short profiles of people who contribute to the uniqueness, creativity and diversity of this country. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. A. Neal