American Experience: Henry Ford
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This 110-minute documentary begins in the rubber forests of Brazil - and ends there. Not something you would expect for the story of one of America's great industrialists. But - as you will see if you watch it - it makes sense. And, it moves - just like Ford's Model T Ford - at a nice pace. Ford was responsible to the ground-breaking $5.00 wage and the assembly line but he also did "social engineering" building "towns" for his workers to live in and providing social activities for them. He also was an anti-Semite and this is not denied in the script.
The director is clever in using lots of archival movie footage - which keeps things moving along, but younger viewers should remember that until the mid-1920s, except for some experimental sound films by Ford's friend Thomas Edison, all movies were silent. So all the sounds you hear until 1930 (which is the bulk of footage here) has been supplemented by sound effects. But nicely done.
One weakness I found in this production that I don't remember being in other AE productions is the identification of the "talking heads" who are interviewed. With the sole exception of Bob Casey, Curator of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI - all the "experts" are identified by their name and the title "Historian".Read more ›
This documentary not only shows Henry's industrial life and ideas but also his personal life. How he grew up and where.
He is a master and without his ideas and knowledge and his heart to just take a chance, out world would not be what is is today.
Henry Ford along with other greats like Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell,
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.Just to name a few. I can watch any documentary. You are never to old to learn! Can you imagine a world without cars or a telephone or music or airplanes and trains?......Exactly! Knowing how these inventors minds worked. What made them tick? The sacrafice they made and did. The way their ideas revolutionized this world. This is definitely and great documentary to watch. I give this 5 starts!
Brew your favorite coffee, grab a snack, slip into some comfy clothes and get comfy cozy and press play and enjoy!
You will not be disapointed!
At the end, building a Disneyland of fantasy from his early years, complete with the china his mother once had, very moving, and sad.
He was anti-Semitic and anti-intellectual. Yet his court-adduced ignorance (in a libel case) only made him more popular with the masses.
Watch this film, read the Stephen Watts biography, on which it is based, to study the genius of this unique American, our greatest industrialist, who ushered in the decline of the 19th Century, and himself escaped from it, after driving his only son to his early death, in his own fantasy land of his early years.
I recommend this movie to anyone interested in the life of Mr. Ford. If more focus would have been on the many failures, breakthroughs, and personal strengths leading up to his accomplishments I would have gladly given a five star rating
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very interesting account of Henry Ford's life. There were some things that happened that I did not know about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by redshoes45
Unfortunately, the volume when viewing on my tablet was not loud enough to watch more than four or five minutes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug Brusa
I grew up shortly after he died and spent many days roaming around Greenfield Village. I had no idea why the village was built. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bud K
Really enjoyed this production. The old photos really brought it all to life. Ford was a fascinating character and they cover it all: good to bad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sunsetview