Edward R. Murrow was an award-winning American journalist for CBS during the time of WWII. He did live broadcasts from Europe, as well as producing a variety of special reports. On April 2, 1945, Murrow and fellow reporter Bill Schadel were the first reporters at Buchenwald concentration camp, and the first to talk to emaciated survivors.
In 1953, Murrow created a wonderful show called "Person to Person," which were just casual discussions with famous people. He chose those who were setting trends for the culture of the fifties, without knowing that many of them would become legends...even super legends.
The first disc is the best one. Murrow interviews John F. Kennedy, who had just been elected to the United States Senate. Murrow was obviously unfamiliar with him, but Kennedy was a passionate interview, outlining his hopes and dreams for the future of the United States. Kennedy was accompanied by his wife, Jackie, who was demure and smiling...yet to grow into the incredibly strong woman that we knew and loved.
Robert Kennedy was brash and smiling, at ease in front of the camera, even with Murrow's prying questions. His wife, Ethel, welcomed Murrow and cameras into their home, showing off their children and pets...and their lavish lifestyle.
My favorite one was Murrow's interview was Eleanor Roosevelt in her New York apartment. It is much smaller that anyone would imagine a former President's wife would ever occupy. She loves it, though, and shows us every inch. She admits that she doesn't cook, answers her own fan mail, and gets a lot of invitations to speak. She mentions wanting to help everyone, and reading mail from people who disagree with her as well as those who think she is still in the White House. She's very humble, and seems even surprised that anyone would care how she lives.
These amazing interviews give you a glimpse into history. From Danny Thomas and his wife showing off their Christmas tree, to Norman Rockwell proudly showing off his studio and describing his creative process, you'll be warmed by the peek into these great people. Other icons on Disc 1 are Esther Williams, Billy Graham, Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, and Art Linkletter.
Discs 2 and 3 include Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and Frank Sinatra. Find a lot more discs like this at http://dvd.netflix.com.
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