American Masters

  • 1986
  • TV Show
  • 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...

Mailer on Mailer

First Aired: October 4, 2000

Cranky and iconoclastic author Norman Mailer offers a stinging social, political and cultural chronicle of life---his own and his country's---over the last half century. Mailer's reflections, mostly on his books and their contexts, are framed by stills and clips, and they begin with his World War II epic “The Naked and the Dead,” published in 1946, when he was 23. He's been at the center of controversy ever since. “What's the use of being a writer,” he asks, “if you can't irritate a great many people?”

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  • Premise: 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 Bal… (more)

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