Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century, pulling audiences in with his intimate, laid-back voice and innate charm. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, this film explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a personality far more complex than the image the public had only thought they'd known.
Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, including the haunting "Migrant Mother," Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured into a world power. For more than five decades of the 20th century, her lens brought subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition. This film is made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange's granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at Lange's feet.
Hear My Train A Comin , directed by Bob Smeaton, traces the legendary guitarist s remarkable journey from his hardscrabble beginnings in Seattle, through his stint as a US Army paratrooper and as an unknown sideman until his discovery and international stardom. With previously unseen footage of the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, home movies, and interviews with those closest to Jimi Hendrix. 90 minutes
In this web exclusive video, Alice Walker talks about how her father loved education and read everything he could find, even though he was only educated through grade 4 or 5 and lived a life of poverty working on a plantation. Walker recalls the day he put her on a segregated bus to go to Spelman College, where she had earned a scholarship.
Comedic legend Sid Caesar passed away February 12, 2014, at the age of 91. Caesar was a friend and mentor to Mel Brooks and the two worked together through much of Brooks early career. See Brooks talk about Caesar s genius for comedy in this film excerpt from American Masters Mel Brooks: Make A Noise.
Remember composer, conductor & PEGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch. With new interviews with family, Barbra Streisand, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, and others.
The Way We Were, Nobody Does It Better and scores for 'The Sting,' 'Sophie s Choice' and the Broadway hit 'A Chorus Line' made Marvin Hamlisch the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan, and concert halls worldwide. Hamlisch won four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and a Pulitzer Prize before his death in 2012.
For the first time, American Masters profiles a sports figure, Billie Jean King: a deliberate woman who has been a major force in changing, and democratizing, the cultural landscape. 9/10/13.
The great composer Marvin Hamlisch is a mensch, a Yiddish term for a person of integrity and honor. He offered his genuine concern, time, and problem-solving skills to everyone in his life from taxi drivers to Broadway cast members to those planning events for the president of the United States and heads of state.
Words -- both written and spoken -- were James Baldwin's greatest gift to America and to people of all races all over the world. He knew how to electrify readers, his insights about what it meant to be black in America were both intimate and accessible. He preached brotherhood, not violence, with searing honesty; his truth was laced with pain and anger. But he never lost hope.
American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of activism. Chronicling the largest movement of the 20th century, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting and succeeding against the odds, from the Grand Canyon to Love Canal, from the oceans to the Amazon. A film by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell.
'It's not possible to separate Alice from her work,' says writer and feminist Gloria Steinem. 'Of anyone I've ever known or could possibly imagine, she's the most true .... When people used to ask me in the early days 'What is Alice Walker really like?' I always said, 'She's exactly like you think. There is not a private self and a public self.'' This outtake interview is a web exclusive.
The composer Marvin Hamlisch was an entertaining performer with a great sense of humor, drawing comparisons to Victor Borge.
Hamlisch reveals what inspired the opening notes to 'The Way We Were' and his collaborators, the lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, describe the uncanny ability Hamlisch had in putting his thoughts to music.
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