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Mister Rogers & Me

Critics call documentary "engaging and enlightening"

"Everyone is special just as they are," said Fred Rogers (1928-2003), the host of the popular PBS show Mister Roger's Neighborhood that ran from 1968 to 2001. Mister Rogers & Me, an engaging and enlightening documentary, looks at the creative output and legacy of this multitalented Presbyterian minister.

Fred Rogers (left) and Benjamin WagnerBenjamin Wagner (shown on the right with Rogers), who co-directed the film with his brother Christofer, met the creative and soft-spoken TV personality on Nantucket Island where his mother rented a cottage next door.

Rogers took a shine to Wagner, who was working at MTV. He gave the young man some advice: "I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex."

After his death, the Wagners go on a quest to find out more about the man, his distinctive character qualities, and his legacy. Some of those they interviewed are the late Tim Russert of Meet the Press, National Public Radio correspondent Susan Stamberg, and Arthur creator Marc Brown (PBS Home Video, not rated).


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