The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1996)
The Learning Channel
Videos in this documentary
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This is a wonderful series for students, scholars, or those just curious about literature. Originally created for The Learning Channel during the 90s, each episode blends interviews from experts, reenactments and archival footage, along with Donald Sutherland's wonderful narration, to give the viewer an understanding, not just of what the book is about but of who wrote it and why.
This program, written by Dale Minor, also provides the answers to many other questions readers of this American classic have about it and its author and also examines what, for many, is the controversial issue of the suitability of HUCK FINN's place on the curricula of American schools given its portrayal of African-Americans and its liberal use of the "N-word". As is the case with other GB offerings, the producers of this one utilize the available tv and film adaptations of the novel, tap the opinions of various Twain/Clemens scholars, and, as has become expected of a program about Twain, has a Twain impersonator (MacAvoy Layne) voicing the author's opinions, including that HUCK FINN was written for adults, not children.