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Lewis & Clark – The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

May 31, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Product Description
Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 10/20/2005 Director: Ken essential video
Another reliably well-crafted, generally engrossing documentary from Ken Burns, Lewis & Clark employs the director’s now-familiar approach to his subjects, from its elegant juxtaposition of period illustrations and portraits against newly filmed footage of historic sites to Burns’s repertory of accomplished actors to provide gravitas for quotes from the key figures. Granted the formula has become familiar enough to allow parody, but Burns knows how to invest his historical investigations with movement and drama, making this four-hour journey a worthwhile trip. As narrated by Hal Holbrook, Dayton Dunc… More >>

Lewis & Clark – The Journey of the Corps of Discovery


5 Responses to “Lewis & Clark – The Journey of the Corps of Discovery”
  1. This is not history. It’s nonsense. The Corps of Discovery went out to establish U.S. claims to trade. It was not a particularly noble trip, it was not pure exploration, it had devastating effects for the tribes contacted. Where are the descendants of Clark? Why aren’t they in this film?

    They are out there. I’ve heard them speak at many conferences. Where is Sacagawea’s family? They are still around. Why aren’t their views represented? What about descendants of other members of the Corps? What of the theft of canoes at the western-most point of the trip (by L&C from the Native Americans living in the region)? What of Charbonneau’s abuse of S.? He beat her so badly that three times it was entered into the official record of the trip. An official government record.

    What of the maps that L&C brought with them? What of the French traders already in the area they subsequently claimed for the U.S. based on being the “first” in the area?

    For a more interesting view of the Expedition I recommend the video of Johnny Arlee’s pageant titled: Salish and Pend d’Oreille People Meet the Lewis and Clark Expedition”

    This presents a different and more enlightening view of the Corps.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. R. Saunders says:

    This would have been great if I was doing a report in school and had no previous knowledge of the expedition. After reading Steven Ambrose’s, “Undaunted Courage”, the movie did not provide any new knowledge. The book is obviously way more detailed. It’s the details that make the journey…not the highpoints.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Here’s a short review…..

    Do you want to learn about Lewis and Clark?

    If you said yes then get this movie.

    If you said no, then why are you here?


    I loved it…..
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Very informative and well presented. As documentaries go, it keeps your interest.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Anonymous says:

    I read the Ambrose book and an abridged version of the journals before seeing this video. I was somewhat disappointed. Ironically, books bring the subject more to life, because it turns out there is just not that much visual material available. There would seem to be only one portrait each of Lewis and Clark at the age’s they were during the expedition, since they are endlessly scanned and panned and zoomed in on. The landscape they travelled has of course been destroyed by development, so the nature photography is claustrophobic: You get the feeling that the director is not panning over the landscape because just off to the right is a hotel and to the left is the visitor center. The interviewees (including Ambrose) obviously idolize the pair and their team members, and the end result is a hagiography. From reading books (even Ambrose’s) you get a much more balanced view. For example, the video implies a deep communication between the expedition and various indian tribes that in most instances simply did not occur, since there was no common language except in a few cases.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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