American Masters

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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...

Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians

First Aired: April 23, 2001

Profiling photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), who spent some 30 years finding “the beautiful in Indian life,” says narrator Sheila Tousey. Curtis's grandiose goal, he said, was to record “every phase of Indian life of all tribes.” Yet he occasionally doctored his artful photographs and films to make them more “authentic.” But, says one Native American who's interviewed: “We were more to him than just happy-snaps.” Voice of Curtis: Bill Pullman.

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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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