This superb television series makes history its beat, enriching the present with a wide array of film and narrative styles that look at history through today's lens. The duPont-Columbia Jury salutes the series especially for three programs aired last season: The Battle of the Bulge, FDR and The Way West.
Fifty years after the biggest and costliest battle in U.S. military history, The Battle of the Bulge weaves eyewitness accounts by German and American survivors and historical footage with intimacy, vividness and emotion, bringing viewers right into the horror of World War II. This 90-minute documentary is taut and unsparing in its examination of how the U.S. military underestimated the enemy, even though the war was nearly over.
In FDR, a four-and-one-half-hour series, Producer David Grubin examines the elusive public and private personality of Franklin Roosevelt, from his childhood, through his marriage and political career, and through his social perspective on the needs of Americans. FDR is television biography at its finest, with rare film, personal testimonies, and extraordinary insight.
In the six-hour series The Way West, Producers Ric Burns and Lisa Ades use archival pictures, diaries, contemporary news accounts, and historians to create full-blown portraits of great leaders - Native Americans, pioneers and military officers. The series dramatically proves how the migrating white settlers and the military marginalized Native American tribes.
Judy Crichton, executive producer