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Albert Schweitzer Called To Africa (2006/First Run DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Program: C+



He was a brilliant doctor, a man of science who was also the head of his church, was also one of the premiere players of the music of Bach and had a very successful, comfortable life, yet Dr. Albert Schweitzer decided to leave that all behind in his home of Germany in the early 20th Century and take on what he rightly saw as a medical crisis in Africa becoming a legend in the process.  Martin Doblmeier’s Albert Schweitzer Called To Africa (2006) runs only 52 minutes, but makes the case that this was just more than an old man who left his humanitarian mark on the world in a way few have.


The program vies between new interviews and dramatic pieces with actors playing the roles of the doctor (Jeff McCarthy) and others to show how the story unfolded and what the repercussions were.  It does not shy away from his faith but is not obsessed with it over the facts and works well enough with the time it runs.  Unfortunately, this is not enough for a character study that someone will hopefully soon do.  It is done well enough to give it a look and now more than veer, it is time for people to discuss what Schweitzer did.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little soft throughout, but this is not a bad-looking short production overall.  You get a little motion blur, but colors are consistent.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad, but not wide-ranging, yet is just fine for the production and is well-recorded enough.  Extras include Director Doblmeier’s Thoughts on the man in an on-camera interview, text bio on Doblmeier, short on The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and texts on three other Doblmeier films including Thomas Jefferson, The Power Of Forgiveness and Bonhoffer, reviewed elsewhere on this site.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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