Filmmaker George Lucas discusses the fantasy-science fiction genre of movies. Among the influential features mentioned: "King Kong" (1933); "The Wizard of Oz" (1939); "Dr. Strangelove" (1964); "Planet of the Apes" (1968); "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968); "Back to the Future" (1985); and "Labyrinth" (1986).
A study of movie crime dramas features interviews with authors, screenwriters, editors and publishers, and clips of influential films of the genre, including "Bullitt," "Gun Crazy," "The Asphalt Jungle" and "White Heat."
A look at holiday-themed motion pictures, such as "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol." Included: behind-the-scenes info and interviews with Chevy Chase, Margaret O'Brien, Chaz Palminteri, Zack Ward and Brian Henson.
Stephen King's influences are examined, along with revelations about what frightens the author. Also: how movies such as "Freaks," "Cat People," "Night of the Living Dead," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Jaws" have affected King's writing.
Blockbuster-movie extravaganzas are spotlighted. Included: the works of filmmakers Cecil B. DeMille ("The Ten Commandments," "The Greatest Show on Earth") and David Lean ("Lawrence of Arabia," "The Bridge on the River Kwai"), and producer Samuel Bronston ("El Cid," "King of Kings"). Written, produced and directed by author-filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau.
The first entry in a series that examines different movie genres focuses on the suspense thriller. Included are film clips and interviews with screenwriters Diablo Cody and Heywood Gould; actor-directors Mel Brooks, Kenneth Branagh and Norman Lloyd; filmmakers Bryan Singer, Scott Frank and David Koepp; actors Illeana Douglas and Martin Landau; and authors Ken Follett and John McCarty. Written, produced and directed by Laurent Bouzereau.