American Masters

  • 1986
  • 18 Seasons
  • 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 18, Episode 3 Balanchine

First Aired: January 14, 2004

A 1984 profile of choreographer extraordinaire George Balanchine (1904-83), whose wide variety of ballets “reinvented the past,” says narrator Frank Langella. Included are lengthy clips from Balanchine ballets featuring such stalwarts of his New York City Ballet as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Jacques D'Amboise and Tannaquil LeClerq (one of his wives). Balanchine is also seen dancing in “Dark Red Roses,” a 1929 British film, and performing in a non-dancing role in a 1958 TV production of his classic staging of “The Nutcracker.” And he's seen in a number of interviews. In one, Mr. B and his longtime collaborator, composer Igor Stravinsky, recall their mentor, choreographer Sergei Diaghilev. They're revelling in the memories. “Drink some more,” says Stravinsky. “Let's be drunk.”

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