Roots the Miniseries - 1977

Sherman

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I just finished watching this miniseries and the follow up of it. I found it interesting viewing as it highlighted what African Americans faced in the history of this Nation. That being said I did some research on this work, Alex Haley had taken a thrashing from critics because he had presented this work as his family history rather than a work of historical fiction.

Some of my own criticism of the miniseries is that the music at times didn't fit the seriousness of the storyline. Some of the music sounded more like something you would hear in a 1960's sitcom like the Andy Griffith show.
 

spinningstill

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I knew of Robert Johnson, but was not aware of the Jim Crow era. I have listened to many styles of music but Blues always seemed a real downer so didn't stay with it. Now I know why.

Documentary - Many Rivers to Cross, 13th, Eyes on the Prize
Books - Broken Heart of America, Color of Compromise
 
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Mike McK

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Some of my own criticism of the miniseries is that the music at times didn't fit the seriousness of the storyline. Some of the music sounded more like something you would hear in a 1960's sitcom like the Andy Griffith show.
Yeah, as a film buff, that's always a turnoff to me, too, when they use anachronistic music in period or historical pieces.

One of the things I really enjoy about Outlander is their attention to historical detail, no matter which era she's in.

But there's a later episode, where Roger, who has travelled from 1969 back to 1775 and, trying to be romantic, serenades his wife, also from 1969 with Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E". It ends up with a big production number and completely wrecks the historical feel of the show.

That, or a Western, set presumably around the 1880s, where there will be a girl in a saloon singing a 1940's era song, complete with big band.
 
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