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Speak Of Me As I Am tells the story of one of America's foremost African-American citizens, whose courageous stance against oppression and inequality was a forerunner to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It examines his remarkable life and achievements as a scholar, athlete, artist, social activist and humanitarian. His passion for the stage and screen was matched by his dedication to social justice. This film weaves together archive footage of Robeson and interviews with commentators including biographer, Martin Duberman.

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Paul Robeson: Speak of Me As I Am (Britain/U.S., 1998) A fine one-hour documentary on the rise and fall and revival of an American legend, the deep-voiced, statuesque actor Paul Robeson, narrated by Pam Grier. A BBC Wales/New Jersey Public Television co-production, released on DVD last year by Kultur Video. --J. Heinrich, The Gazette April 4 2008

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  • Actors: Pam Grier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP6KRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SuperAmanda on February 16, 2009
I was annoyed after seeing this again recently, for the first time since the 1998 centennial. The analysis of Robeson and the USSR is embarrassingly overly simplified and frankly lacking in depth given that the BBC turns out perhaps the greatest television programs and documentaries in the world. The writers and researchers of this BBC documentary seem somewhat new to Robeson and it shows-glaringly so. I even contacted one of the interview subjects (name withheld) whom leads a very well respected career teaching at a top university in the US and in the video made what seems like awful pronouncements about Robeson's life. He told me that his interviews were purposefully edited to show an "anti-robeson" bias and that the producers had their own agenda. He also wrote that he was VERY disappointed with disjointedness and bias of the production.

With only one hour though they made an sadly admirable attempt, but the problem is with Robeson one always wants and expects MUCH more information, given how much has been suppressed. Granted the footage is some of the best in any of the Paul Robeson documentaries including the sections on Peekskill and on the Soviet Union (priceless footage of Robeson at Yalta with Khrushchev) and many Robeson homes and landmarks as they look today. But the written narration is not complex at all, given the subject matter the BBC should have allotted an entire two to three hours. The background music sounds like it should have been used for a funeral. Pete Seeger, Oscar Grant Jr. and Studs Terkel really lay it on harsh though, the way it should be, they don't sugar coat the atrociousness with which Paul Robeson was treated by both the black and white establishment.
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By JimNels on January 15, 2015
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Paul Robeson was such an dynamic icon in the 20th Century. This DVD gives a glimpse why.
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