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  • Actors: Mason Adams, Erma Bombeck, Thomas S. Buechner, Robert Coles, Frank Deford
  • Writers: Mary Rawson
  • Producers: Gregory Andorfer, Marisa Costa, Mary Rawson
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: View Video
  • VHS Release Date: February 6, 1996
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302999707
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

WINNER OF...
-The CINE Golden Eagle Award
-The National Educational Film & Video Festival
-Parents Choice Approved

THE ARTIST
Norman Rockwell walked into the offices of The Saturday Evening Post in 1916, a bold young art student with a portfolio of pictures under his arm, and walked out as the new cover artist for America's favorite magazine. So began Rockwell's career and the unique love affair between the artist and the American public-spanning five decades, over 300 covers and many more acclaimed works. In 1993, his place in art history was secured with a museum dedicated to his art.

THE ART
Norman Rockwell's paintings bridge the era from the horse and buggy to the landing of a man on the moon. In his portraits of daily life, he chronicled everyday people while capturing essential truths about human strength and weakness, success and failure. When speaking of a Rockwell painting, one can truly say "a picture is worth a thousand words." In some ways Rockwell painted a better world than really existed, but his is a world that we can dream about, a world we can share.

V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present this PBS special, Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait, narrated by 3-time Emmy Award nominee Mason Adams. This classic program features the art of Rockwell, commentary and remembrances from art historians, close friends and the artists himself- an entertaining celebration of Norman Rockwell's American Legacy.

Review

-CINE Golden Eagle Award -National Educational Film & Video Festival -Parents Choice Award -- AWARDS:

Rockwell paintings and their creator are celebrated in this video, which reverently treats this remarkable national treasure and his work. -- Martie Zad, The Washington Post

a dignified admiration…loving and respectfully…justified…underrated… -- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

…chuckle with appreciation… Norman Rockwell rightfully has become regarded as an American icon. …an ideal guide ... -- USA TODAY

…painstaking detail…SUCCEEDED IN CAPTURING THE NATION'S HIGHEST IDEALS AND ASPIRATIONS…an intimate look at many of his familiar and celebrated works. -- American History Illustrated

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 15, 2004
Format: DVD
Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait is a solidly researched and splendidly presented DVD documentary of Norman Rockwell, the American artist whose timeless caricatures became immortalized in more than 300 covers of the Saturday Evening Post -- among countless other works. The rich depths of his art (portraying all the moods and facets of humanity including success and failure alike), as well as the life and career of the man himself, are informatively and authoritatively covered in this simply outstanding presentation which originally aired as a PBS special. An excellent and very highly recommended celebration of a great artist's life and legacy, including additional features such as an art gallery and music selections from T. K. Blue and Nigel Clark, Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait is a full color, 60 minute DVD which would enhance any personal, school, or community collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PokerBen on August 9, 2008
Format: DVD
Norman Rockwell has always been one of my favorite artists. This PBS documentary is very well done.

From still shots of his portraits, to interviews with the people that new Rockwell best, (including his assistant, and fellow art schoolmates) you really get a feel for the wonderful artist.

Norman Rockwell wasn't just a painter, he was a very gifted story teller. Each of his painting told a story, or at least made you think of one as you viewed it.

To sum up Rockwell in just one word, it would have to be "America". He truly had his finger on the pulse of the every changing times, then skewed them into a world he wanted to live in.

There is great behind the scenes footage of Rockwell working away.

Top notch narration by Mason Adams (Think "With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good).

Erma Bombeck also gives her opinion of selected Rockwell works, as well as the man himself.

If you are a fan of Rockwell this is a must see.

Happy Watching!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Nori on March 31, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an excellent video showing life and times of Rockwell. I first borrowed it from the local library and thought I should own one because I liked it a lot.
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I so enjoyed this product. It came today and was in top condition, as promised. Thanks very very much.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Prudencio Mendez Jr. on August 17, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Rockwell was an American institution per se. The DVD is really good and should be an addition to any library.
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