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Interview and film clips trace Sidney Poitier''''s rise from humble beginnings in the Bahamas to his position as the first black super-star.
A two-part documentary about the life of film comedian Harold Lloyd, covering his beginnings in Hollywood, his time with Hal Roach's acting company, and the advent of sound in motion pictures. Lloyd's life is drawn from film clips, home movies, photo stills and interviews with colleagues, family and
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She came to the New York City Ballet as a teenager from Ohio and captured the heart and soul of the great Mr. B, inspiring the seminal ballets of her era and setting off a fevered and bizarre star-crossed love triangle. As the greatest ballerina of her time looks back on her amazing career, she crea
Documentary with clips and commentary from fellow actors on the life and career of Gene Kelly. Interviews with Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron and Betty Garrett.
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological
The program celebrates the master of the 20th century musical -- Richard Rodgers -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Rodgers composed over 800 songs and wrote more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collabo
Profile of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who played a major role in introducing America to modern art while championing the elevation of photography as an art form. Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keefe were just a few of the first wave of American artists whom Stieglitz mentored through
A literary biography of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The program includes excerpts from private letters, photos from family albums, interviews with Fitzgerald's friends and E.L. Doctorow, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald's drawings and paintings.
Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley grew up to become one of the most influential musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Initially using music as a way out of the ghetto, he became the voice of a country and an ambassador for peace and racial harmony throughout the wor
Documentary that chronicles the founding of the Sun Records label by Sam Phillips. The program features contemporary artists performing the music of Sun Records artists, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.
Profile of author, critic, intellectual, activist Norman Mailer. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1923, Mailer grew up in Brooklyn. At Harvard, he earned his first literary prizes. He joined the Army after graduation with the intention of writing a great war novel. He served as an infantry man in
Profile of Lucille Ball, the first female television superstar and first solo female head of a major studio.
Tour of the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space, including a discussion concerning the new science complex.
Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of f
Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever
Profile of violinist Isaac Stern, one of the 20th century's most renowned and celebrated musicians. Stern is also recognized as a teacher, emissary, speaker and humanitarian.
A look at the years between 1920 and 1949, when 178 women joined ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Their work turned up from vaudeville to Broadway, from the repertoire of the big bands to the movies of Hollywood. Documents the lives and work of the women of Tin Pan
Documentary about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The program gives an intimate account of her life, framed by the times in which she lived and informed by people who knew her.
Documentary about controversial playwright Lillian Hellman.
Documentary profiling the tempestuous association between two of the greatest figures in Hollywood history, producer David O. Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, whose clashes played out dramatically against the backdrop of the disintegrating institution of the Hollywood studio system.
Profile of Dashiell Hammett, a detective turned author who created the character of the hard-boiled detective.
Documentary profile of singer Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song.
Profile of artist Robert Rauschenberg, known for blurring the line between painting and sculpture with his multi-sided "combines."
Documentary profile of Norman Rockwell, one of 20th-century America's most enduring and popular artists.
Documentary portrait of singer, actor, author, civil rights activist and sports legend Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Includes exclusive interviews with friends and family, use of personal papers, letters, private films, confidential political documents, medical records and his wife's diaries.
Documentary commemorating the 80th birthday of composer, conductor, teacher and public figure Leonard Bernstein. Includes interviews with Bernstein's family, friends, colleagues, peers and critics and Bernstein's own words, both written and recorded.
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Profile of American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976), best known for inventing the mobile and stabile, and creating wire sculptures.
Profile of Lou Reed, the Long Island-bred, largely self-taught rock poet, guitarist and composer.
Profile of broadcast journalism pioneer Don Hewitt, creator of "60 Minutes," the first television news magazine.
Documentary on the life and career of modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was shaped by Japanese and American cultures.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of Man Ray, master of 20th century photography, a painter, a filmmaker, a poet and essayist, a philosopher, and a leader of American modernism.
Documentary on the life and career of television pioneer who virtually created the late-night talk show format as the host of "The Tonight Show," one of television's longest continually running programs.
Documentary of the life and work of author William Styron, whose works include "Sophie's Choice" and "The Confessions of Nat Turner."
Documentary looking at vaudeville as an art form and major influence on the entertainment industry. It features historic performance footage and interviews with surviving vaudevillians and contemporary entertainers in the vaudeville tradition.
Tour of the exhibition of paintings by the 17th century Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer, at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., conducted by the curator and art scholar Arthur Wheelock, Jr., and public television journalist Charlie Rose.
Excerpts from the television and film career of Danny Kaye, Oscar and Emmy winner, who was also a goodwill ambassador on behalf of UNICEF.
Documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Includes highlights of the team's many television appearances, featuring recently discovered kinescopes of live performances not seen since their original television broadcasts in the late 1950s and 60s. Four of their radi
A documentary portrait of architect, designer, engineer, poet, author, teacher and philosopher Buckminster Fuller--known to some as a genius, to others as a crackpot.
Documentary providing an introduction to the traditions, beliefs and artistry of India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, presenting beloved stories of these four nations: "The Ramayana," "The Gita Govinda," "The Tale of Genji" and Korean Masked Dance-Drama through a blend of paintings, sculpture, shadow
In this documentary, Lena Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom from her early days in the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16, to her film career in Hollywood and her caberet career.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon who revolutionized the very concept of fashion photography. Avedon, who began his career photographing showbiz personalities, but later moved on to recording ordinary people and political events, left an in
Profile of Rod Serling, screenwriter and creator of the television series, "The Twilight Zone."
Profile of macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe. Includes dramatizations of his work, interviews with writers and other artists he influenced and footage of his various homes.
Profile of tenor and orchestra conductor Placido Domingo.
Profile of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham.
Profile and critical reevaluation of playwright Tennessee Williams. Includes rare interviews with Williams himself, clips from the film productions of his plays and commentary from various associates, including director Elia Kazan.
Profile of Will Rogers -- ranch hand, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist, author, radio personality, aviation pioneer and unofficial ambassador of good will under three presidential administrations. Includes interviews, film clips, rare home movie clips, newsreel footage, radio excerpts and
Documentary about jazz band leader and clarinetist Benny Goodman.
Two ninety-minute programs airing back to back of excerpts from Balanchine ballets. Climax of the New York City Ballet's two-month long, 73-work retrospective of the choreographer's works.
A special examining the life and career of film-maker George Lucas.
A special looking at the life and career of singer-songwriter Paul Simon.
A documentary profiling the career of singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles.
A documentary on the life and career of actress Helen Hayes. Friends and associates are interviewed and film clips of some of her performances are shown. Also includes an interview with Hayes. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary profiling the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary exploring the history of The Actors Studio, the academy founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasburg. The school advanced a naturalistic style of acting based on the work of Russian director and teacher Konstantin Stanislavski, which in the U.S. has a
A documentary profiling the life of 19th-century painter and sculptor of the American West, Frederic Remington. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary focusing on the world of abstract expressionist art in New York in the 1950s and Robert Motherwell, a pioneer of the movement.
A documentary profiling the life of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary examining physicist Albert Einstein's roles as humanitarian and philosopher. Uses home movies, archival footage and interviews with Einstein's friends and colleagues. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary chronicling fifty years of popular music with the late veteran music producer John Hammond, who is credited with discovering and promoting Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Count Basie. Features interviews with popular artists Hammond discovered and recorded as well as other friends an
A two-part documentary on journalist Edward R. Murrow. This program explores his life through archival recordings, film clips and interviews with contemporary journalists. Broadcast as a presentation of the series "American Masters."
A documentary about director, screenwriter and playwright Preston Sturges. The program includes extensive clips from Sturges's feature films as well as interviews with friends and associates.
A documentary about director Martin Scorsese. This portrait captures the director at work on his film, "Good Fellas," and features interviews with directors, actors, and associates.
A documentary tracing the career and life of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Waldo Salt, who overcame the stigma of the 1950s blacklist to write "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home."
A documentary about songwriter Cole Porter. Explores his contributions to Broadway and Hollywood and celebrates his distinctive lifestyle and point of view through archival material and interviews with friends.
A documentary about one of the founding members of the Group Theater and one of the American theater's best-known teachers of actors, Sanford Meisner.
A documentary on actor, writer, producer and director John Cassavetes. Explores his 30-year career on stage, in films and on television, from his first ventures and performances in the 1950s to his death in 1989. Includes "The Making of 'Husbands'" (1971).
A documentary on the life and works of the 20th century, avant-garde composer John Cage. Airing as part of the PBS series "American Masters."
A documentary profiling the life and work of writer James Baldwin.
A documentary on the life and work of jazz innovator Charlie Parker, airing as part of the "American Masters" series. A selection of the saxophonist's recordings is highlighted. Musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, and Thelonious Monk also appear in clips, as well a
A documentary on the life and career of Harold Clurman, a co-founder (with Stella Adler and Clifford Odetts) of the Group Theatre and the man often credited with introducing method acting to the United States. Includes footage of Clurman rehearsing Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, and Julie Harris. Als
A documentary on the life and work of trumpeter, singer and bandleader Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Film clips of Armstrong's major Hollywood and television appearances are included as well as home movies from the 1930s and 1960s and interviews with those who knew him and were influenced by him. Airin
A documentary on the life and work of American artist Jasper Johns. Art critics, curators, artists and acquaintances as well as Johns himself are interviewed.
A documentary/dramatization of the life of American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-78), who captured the social conditions of his era on film. Recreated scenes are interwoven with comments by historians, colleagues, friends, and family members.
A documentary on the life and work of Czechoslovakian-born film director Milos Forman. The program combines footage of Forman directing "Valmont" with a retrospective of his life and work, featuring conversations with the director, interviews with his colleagues, and clips from his films.
A documentary on the life and work of acting teacher Stella Adler. It features an extensive conversation with Adler as well as interviews with actors Karl Malden and John Abbott, and director and acting teacher Bobby Lewis.
A program profiling the Group Theatre, a theatrical company which introduced "method" acting and was founded in the 1930s in New York. Surviving members of the group are interviewed and archival footage of excerpts from plays originally produced by The Group Theatre is shown.
A documentary on the life and work of playwright Neil Simon. Friends and associates as well as the writer himself are interviewed.
A documentary chronicling the career of composer George Gershwin, originally airing during the 50th anniversary year of his death in 1937 at the age of 39. The program includes material from the Gershwin family's photo albums and home movies, footage of Gershwin in performance and rehearsal, and cli
Actor-composer John Rubinstein hosts a profile of his pianist grandfather, Arthur Rubinstein, who, had he lived (he died in 1982), would have celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on January 28, 1987. To commemorate that anniversary, the people of Lodz, Poland, brought the Rubinstein family back to
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