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Biography - Henry Ford: Tin Lizzy Tycoon (2006)

Jack Perkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Perkins
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H0M3W6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He made the automobile accessible to the common man. The common man made him rich.Henry Ford was one of the great innovators of our time. When the car he invented became so popular he couldn't build them fast enough he came up with the modern assembly plant to meet demand. The rest is history. BIOGRAPHY profiles the life of the industrial giant who earned notoriety for his intolerance as well as his inventiveness. Interviews with former workers and family members point out his genius and eccentricities while automotive historians trace his monumental career from his first handbuilt car to saving his company with the introduction of the V-8 at an age when most men are long retired.This is the fascinating story of the driven man who changed the way we all live ironically spelling an end to the America he loved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On time no problems December 29, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story December 12, 2012
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A wonderful story on Henry Ford. I am very pleased with it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes documentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 29, 2014
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great history .. exciting times
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3.0 out of 5 stars successful, but problematic October 11, 2006
Like many installments of the "Biography" series, this interviews biographers and descendants of H. Ford. Because Ford lived in the era of picture and sound recording, one gets to see and hear him. There are no cheesy reenactments.

Ford's wife orders him to allow a union's formation. Ford's daughter-in-law insists that she will sell her stock if her son isn't allowed to head the company. One biographer wrote about "Ford Men," but someone really needs to write something about these Ford women who seemed to wield power in their own right. This documentary lists one interviewee as Ford's great-granddaughter, yet she called Ford her "grandfather."

The documentary quickly glosses over Ford's anti-Semitism. To be fair, they do say few believed him when he apologized for his bigoted publications. Still, like President Wilson's racism or Nietzsche's misogyny, Ford was a powerful man who was prejudiced and should be taken to task for it. One interviewee is an African-American man who worked several decades at Ford. Given that the Great Migration happened during Ford's rise and that many African Americans live in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, I wonder what Ford's attitude toward Blacks was. Did he appreciate their work or minimize it? One must remember that he hired people decades for the 1964 Civil Rights Act banned racial employment discrimination. I wish this installment had taken up this issue.

Ford knew Firestone personally. The person who started General Motors was his competition. In this post-Enron era, it is easy to assume that companies die quickly. But this installment listed several companies that still thrive in this new millennium.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To be seen May 31, 2010
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This is another gift to my Dad. He liked it. He has always liked old Fords. Well enough to own a '29 model A.
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