American Masters

  • 1986
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  • TV-PG

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish and Leonard Bernstein (among others) won Emmys, and a study of the Algonquin...

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Season 23, Episode 3 Hollywood Chinese

First Aired: May 27, 2009

A treasure trove of film clips accents this chronicle of Chinese-American cinematic history, from "The Curse of Quon Gwon" (1916) to the portrayal of Asians by white actors to the Ang Lee-directed "Brokeback Mountain." Included: Nancy Kwan recalls "The World of Suzie Wong" and "Flower Drum Song"; author Amy Tan reflects on "The Joy Luck Club." Other interviewees include actors Joan Chen, James Hong, Christopher Lee, Luise Rainer and B.D. Wong; and directors Ang Lee, Justin Lin and Wayne Wang.

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