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Midwife's Tale, A [VHS]
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But there are details in the video that aren't in the book, because the video attempts to recreate the missing part of the record--the daily activities, the physical feel of the people and buildings involved, the historical verity that helps us envision late 18th century life. I am a historic reenactor and am ordering the video to share with my fellows who are working to present to the public a view of the past that is as accurate as we can. Because the video was filmed in the East where 18th century sites and artifacts as well as costumers are more common than in my part of the U.S., we can watch to catch a lot of details other audiences take for granted. (History teachers might also have these motives.)
Another thing that fascinated me when I saw the film on PBS was that the actors were unfamiliar to me. They look like real people, not movie stars. Family dynamics were more believable and souring relationships took on terrific poignancy.
"The Midwife's Tale" is a good antedote to the simplistic visions we get of the early Republic. Domestic and community life is shown, with just tangent references to the outside world of politics and government. Anyone working with a bicentennial project--such as Lewis & Clark celebrations--should spend some time with this video (and the book).
I watched it a second time with the family, fast forwarding past the boring introduction. The fam also found it very interesting.
The movie is kind of a docu-drama, recreated from the detailed diary of a 1780's midwife. The details about life back then are just beyond description.
One tidbit - premarital sex wasn't the scandal that we'd expect in those times. However, a woman would be asked, in the throes on intense labor, to name the father of the baby. The woman's testimony during these intense moments was considered solid and incontrovertible. If the baby's father refused to marry the woman, THAT was scandalous.
This movie was filled with those kind of details. I can't recommend this VHS-tape enough. One of the best movies I think I've ever seen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY GOOD MOVIE! I would highly recommend this film to anyone interested in what it was like trying to help women along the Kennebec River, Maine in the 18th/19 century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jake
I read the Pulitzer Prize winning book this film was based on when it was published and I loved it. (I am a retired L & D nurse, as well as wife, mother, and grandmother. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Debbie I.
An interesting view of how things were back in the settler's day.............wow we women have come a long way. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sally in Portland
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Amazing account of wilderness life from a personal account. No fiction. I think everyone would benefit from watching this. We live very different lives today.Published 23 months ago by J. Turner
I use this video in my women's history class. The story, taken from diary entries, gives a realistic look at the hard life women had and the limited freedom they possessed in post... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Michelle Brockmeier
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