Laura Ingalls Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the bestselling “Little House” series at age 65. This film examines the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction shaped American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance.
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This was a very nice and well laid out documentary about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I especially liked the parts where they added her talking. Unfortunately I didn't learn much as I am already a huge LIW fan and have read most of her biographies. I feel this movie did a good job recapping most of these biographies, I just didn't learn anything new.
I mostly appreciated the comments on the books not being accurate as to her personal live. I am also glad that they addressed the sometimes racist language. I never read her books, however I tried watching the TV series multiple times over several years from younger to adult. I always found them too cute and could not stick with it. There was something fake to me about them. I am glad that I had the opportunity to watch this documentary so many years later and realize that my intuition as a young girl was in some ways accurate as to the fantasy depictions of her childhood and the racist language. Just goes to tell you that even 8 year old children can have a hunch that something is wrong. I grew up on a farm myself and maybe therefore realized that something about the rosy perspective here was amiss. Also, really, how many people do you know that are desperately poor with all the stress this brings upon a family and have a happy childhood?
I am a long time Laura fan. I have read many biographies and books of her writings. I believe rise as well made and enjoyable. I have the recording her voice. I picked it up at Rocky Ridge several years ago. Still, it was good to hear her “speak”. Overall this is a very good program and a must for all LIW fans.