The Mayflower Pilgrims 1995
Distributed by Janson Media, 88 Semmons Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640; 201-784-8488
Produced by PA Communications
Directed by Conner, Peter and Mumby Alan
DVD, color, 88 min.
Sr. High - Adult
American Studies, History, Religious Studies
Date Entered: 11/14/2003Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA
For those of us who grew up with stories of the Pilgrims every November this work is something of a revelation. Filmed on location in those areas of England where the Pilgrims arose we see the churches where they worshipped, the wharf in Plymouth where they boarded Mayflower, the roads they traveled. Many of these places may be unknown to Americans. Narrator Barry Coleman does well in making the story of the Pilgrims something that involves flesh and blood people. Performers in period dress help to give some scenes a “you are there” quality. Overall, the quality of the picture, the camera work, and sound are good to very good. This story of a group of what may be termed proto-Puritans and their search for religious freedom will do well in schools and public libraries.