American Masters

American Masters

Profiles of figures in America's arts and culture.
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Episode Guide

  • American Masters - Sidney Lumet (Season 30 Episode 10)
    Season 30 Episode 10:

    Sidney Lumet

    In a 2008 interview, director Sidney Lumet talks about his life and career, which included 44 films in 50 years.

  • American Masters - Eero Saarinen (Season 30 Episode 9)
    Season 30 Episode 9:

    Eero Saarinen

    Cinematographer Eric Saarinen explores the work of his father, Eero Saarinen, the modernist architect behind such creations as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

  • American Masters - Norman Lear (Season 30 Episode 8)
    Season 30 Episode 8:

    Norman Lear

    Writer/producer Norman Lear's turbulent childhood, early success with sitcoms "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times" and "Maude," and social activism.

  • American Masters - The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End (Season 30 Episode 7)
    Season 30 Episode 7:

    The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End

    Interviews and vintage performances of The Highwaymen -- the country music group that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -- provide detail about life on the road and in the studio.

  • American Masters - Janis: Little Girl Blue (Season 30 Episode 6)
    Season 30 Episode 6:

    Janis: Little Girl Blue

    Rock singer Janis Joplin's life is explored through letters and previously unseen footage.

  • American Masters - Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (Season 30 Episode 5)
    Season 30 Episode 5:

    Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

    Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn balances family and a music career that has spanned 50 years.

  • American Masters - Fats Domino (Season 30 Episode 4)
    Season 30 Episode 4:

    Fats Domino

    The New Orleans rhythm and blues of Fats Domino helped aid integration in the South.

  • American Masters - Carole King (Season 30 Episode 3)
    Season 30 Episode 3:

    Carole King

    Rare home movies, performances and photos help illustrate the life and career of singer-songwriter Carole King, from 1960s New York to Los Angeles in the 1970s to the present.

  • American Masters - B.B. King (Season 30 Episode 2)
    Season 30 Episode 2:

    B.B. King

    The challenging life and career of blues guitarist B.B. King; candid interviews feature Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

  • American Masters - Mike Nichols (Season 30 Episode 1)
    Season 30 Episode 1:

    Mike Nichols

    The life and 50-year career of director Mike Nichols, one of only two people who have won Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

  • American Masters - Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (Season 29 Episode 6)
    Season 29 Episode 6:

    Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey

    The life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero.

  • American Masters - Althea (Season 29 Episode 5)
    Season 29 Episode 5:

    Althea

    Althea Gibson becomes the first black person to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe.

  • American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History (Season 29 Episode 4)
    Season 29 Episode 4:

    American Ballet Theatre: A History

    Rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with key figures of the American Ballet Theatre.

  • American Masters - Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler (Season 29 Episode 3)
    Season 29 Episode 3:

    Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler

    Itzhak Perlman, students, archival performances and home movies offer insight into the artistry of violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz.

  • American Masters - August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (Season 29 Episode 2)
    Season 29 Episode 2:

    August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    The legacy of American playwright August Wilson; actors relay their insights about bringing Wilson's voice to the stage.

  • American Masters - Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice (Season 29 Episode 1)
    Season 29 Episode 1:

    Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

    The achievements of stage magician, author and actor Ricky Jay; narrator Dick Cavett.

  • American Masters - The Boomer List (Season 28 Episode 6)
    Season 28 Episode 6:

    The Boomer List

  • American Masters - Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (Season 28 Episode 5)
    Season 28 Episode 5:

    Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

    Photographer Dorothea Lange had the ability to capture the human condition, most notably through her photo of the Migrant Mother, which continues to stand as a haunting symbol of the Great Depression.

  • American Masters - Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun (Season 28 Episode 4)
    Season 28 Episode 4:

    Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

    Ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq inspires George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before being stricken with polio in 1954.

  • American Masters - Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (Season 28 Episode 3)
    Season 28 Episode 3:

    Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

    The life of journalist George Plimpton, co-founder of The Paris Review.

  • American Masters - A Fierce Green Fire (Season 28 Episode 2)
    Season 28 Episode 2:

    A Fierce Green Fire

    An exploration of the environmental movement spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism; narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

  • American Masters - Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (Season 28 Episode 1)
    Season 28 Episode 1:

    Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

    The life of writer-activist Alice Walker, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature.

  • American Masters - Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (Season 27 Episode 4)
    Season 27 Episode 4:

    Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

    As a prodigy accepted into the Juilliard School at age 6, composer Marvin Hamlisch is only one of two people to win all five of these prizes: a Grammy, an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer.

  • American Masters - Billie Jean King (Season 27 Episode 3)
    Season 27 Episode 3:

    Billie Jean King

    A profile of tennis champion Billie Jean King commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the match between King and Bobby Riggs as well as the launch of the Women's Tennis Assoc.

  • American Masters - Philip Roth: Unmasked (Season 27 Episode 2)
    Season 27 Episode 2:

    Philip Roth: Unmasked

    Author Philip Roth discusses his unliterary upbringing in Newark, N.J., his writing process and the inspiration behind his work.

  • American Masters - Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (Season 27 Episode 1)
    Season 27 Episode 1:

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

    The life, career and influence of gospel singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

  • American Masters - Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (Season 26 Episode 7)
    Season 26 Episode 7:

    Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

    The struggles and triumphs of the Joffrey Ballet from 1956 to the present, including the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and excerpts from signature works "Astarte," "Trinity" and "Billboards."

  • American Masters - Inventing David Geffen (Season 26 Episode 6)
    Season 26 Episode 6:

    Inventing David Geffen

    Chronicling the achievements of record executive and film producer David Geffen.

  • American Masters - The Day Carl Sandburg Died (Season 26 Episode 5)
    Season 26 Episode 5:

    The Day Carl Sandburg Died

    The life and work of poet and novelist Carl Sandburg, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • American Masters - Harper Lee (Season 26 Episode 4)
    Season 26 Episode 4:

    Harper Lee

    The life of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "Go Set a Watchman").

  • American Masters - Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel (Season 26 Episode 3)
    Season 26 Episode 3:

    Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Mitchell endured depression and illness until her death in 1949.

  • American Masters - Cab Calloway: Sketches (Season 26 Episode 2)
    Season 26 Episode 2:

    Cab Calloway: Sketches

    Singer, dancer and band leader Cab Calloway led one of the most-popular black big bands during the 1930s and '40s.

  • American Masters - Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (Season 26 Episode 1)
    Season 26 Episode 1:

    Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

    The life of activist and singer-songwriter Phil Ochs.

  • American Masters - Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter (Season 25 Episode 5)
    Season 25 Episode 5:

    Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

    Designers Charles and Ray Eames influenced major events and movements in America, from modernism to the rise of the computer age.

  • American Masters - James Levine: America's Maestro (Season 25 Episode 4)
    Season 25 Episode 4:

    James Levine: America's Maestro

    Conductor James Levine celebrates 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera.

  • American Masters - John Muir in the New World (Season 25 Episode 3)
    Season 25 Episode 3:

    John Muir in the New World

    Founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir preserved the Yosemite Valley of California and was the force behind the creation of the National Park Service.

  • American Masters - Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (Season 25 Episode 2)
    Season 25 Episode 2:

    Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

    Musicians launched careers during the 1960s at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, including Carole King, James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Jackson Browne.

  • American Masters - Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides (Season 25 Episode 1)
    Season 25 Episode 1:

    Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

    The life and career of Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

  • American Masters - Glenn Gould: Genius Within (Season 24 Episode 8)
    Season 24 Episode 8:

    Glenn Gould: Genius Within

    Classical pianist Glenn Gould was renowned as an intrepreter of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • American Masters - Lennon NYC (Season 24 Episode 7)
    Season 24 Episode 7:

    Lennon NYC

    John Lennon's life with his family in New York.

  • American Masters - A Letter to Elia (Season 24 Episode 6)
    Season 24 Episode 6:

    A Letter to Elia

    Director Elia Kazan was praised for films such as "On the Waterfront," but his merit was sometimes overshadowed by his cooperation with the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

  • American Masters - Cachao: Uno Mas (Season 24 Episode 5)
    Season 24 Episode 5:

    Cachao: Uno Mas

    Afro-Cuban bassist Israel "Cachao" López helped make mambo music popular in the U.S.; narrator Andy Garcia.

  • American Masters - Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself (Season 24 Episode 4)
    Season 24 Episode 4:

    Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself

    Life on the road and at home with musician Merle Haggard.

  • American Masters - The Doors: When You're Strange (Season 24 Episode 3)
    Season 24 Episode 3:

    The Doors: When You're Strange

    The history of the Doors includes original footage shot between the group's formation in 1965 and singer Jim Morrison's death in 1971; narrator Johnny Depp.

  • American Masters - John Muir (Season 24 Episode 02)
    Season 24 Episode 02:

    John Muir

  • American Masters - I.M. Pei: Building China Modern (Season 24 Episode 2)
    Season 24 Episode 2:

    I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

    Architect I.M. Pei designs a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou, China, where he grew up.

  • American Masters - Sam Cooke: Crossing Over (Season 24 Episode 1)
    Season 24 Episode 1:

    Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

    Singer Sam Cooke brings the spirit of the black church to popular music, becoming the first black artist to reach number one on the R&B and pop charts.

  • American Masters - Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (Season 23 Episode 8)
    Season 23 Episode 8:

    Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women," leads a literary double life, writing under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, an identity that remains until the 1940s.

  • American Masters - Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound (Season 23 Episode 7)
    Season 23 Episode 7:

    Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound

    Joan Baez begins singing and writing songs as a teenager playing in Cambridge, Mass., coffeehouses and becomes a conscience of a generation.

  • American Masters - Trumbo (Season 23 Episode 6)
    Season 23 Episode 6:

    Trumbo

    Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was convicted and jailed for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

  • American Masters - Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes (Season 23 Episode 5)
    Season 23 Episode 5:

    Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

    Behind-the-scenes of the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," created by humorist and commentator Garrison Keillor.

  • American Masters - Neil Young: Don't Be Denied (Season 23 Episode 4)
    Season 23 Episode 4:

    Neil Young: Don't Be Denied

    Neil Young traces his musical journey from the 1960s to the present and his success with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

  • American Masters - Hollywood Chinese (Season 23 Episode 3)
    Season 23 Episode 3:

    Hollywood Chinese

    Actors, writers and directors discuss how Chinese people have been portrayed in film over the past 90 years.

  • American Masters - Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (Season 23 Episode 2)
    Season 23 Episode 2:

    Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

    A year in the career and life of composer Philip Glass includes his annual ride on the Coney Island "Cyclone" and the world premiere of his new opera in Germany.

  • American Masters - Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (Season 23 Episode 1)
    Season 23 Episode 1:

    Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

    Director and choreographer Jerome Robbins transformed Broadway with shows such as "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof"; narrator Ron Rifkin.

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Living Tradition: 1998-2008 (Season 22 Episode 9)
    Season 22 Episode 9:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Living Tradition: 1998-2008

    Box office smashes "Superman," "Batman" and "The Matrix" all become franchises; the Harry Potter series captivates the world.

  • American Masters - The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation (Season 22 Episode 8)
    Season 22 Episode 8:

    The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation

    A family biography of the four Warner brothers who founded and ran the Warner Bros. studio during its first decades.

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Starting Over: 1970-1990 (Season 22 Episode 7)
    Season 22 Episode 7:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Starting Over: 1970-1990

    "Woodstock" signals a new era; new talent includes Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick; pivotal hits include "Dog Day Afternoon."

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Age of Anxiety: 1950-1969 (Season 22 Episode 6)
    Season 22 Episode 6:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Age of Anxiety: 1950-1969

    When television arrives, Warner Bros. introduces new technology and new stars; showdown between Harry and Jack Warner.

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: War and Peace: 1937-1949 (Season 22 Episode 5)
    Season 22 Episode 5:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: War and Peace: 1937-1949

    Warner Bros. becomes home to Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and others; after World War II films reflect off-screen anxiety of blacklists.

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Rising Power: 1923-1937 (Season 22 Episode 4)
    Season 22 Episode 4:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Rising Power: 1923-1937

    Four brothers incorporate their motion picture company on April 4, 1923; James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson dominate the gangster genre.

  • American Masters - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Rising Power: 1923-1949 (Season 22 Episode 4)
    Season 22 Episode 4:

    You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A Rising Power: 1923-1949

    Four brothers incorporate their new motion picture company on April 4, 1923; after World War II, films reflect the off-screen anxiety of blacklists.

  • American Masters - Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (Season 22 Episode 3)
    Season 22 Episode 3:

    Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

    Singer Marvin Gaye combined gospel, rhythm and blues, soul and jazz, challenging the face of popular music.

  • American Masters - Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (Season 22 Episode 2)
    Season 22 Episode 2:

    Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

    Author Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most celebrated figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

  • American Masters - Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (Season 22 Episode 1)
    Season 22 Episode 1:

    Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

    Artists from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks relay stories of the folk singer/activist, often misunderstood because of his views on peace, civil rights and ecology.

  • American Masters - Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (Season 21 Episode 9)
    Season 21 Episode 9:

    Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

    Despite a difficult childhood, Carol Burnett becomes the star of a TV variety show that entertains America for over a decade.

  • American Masters - Good Ol' Charles Schulz (Season 21 Episode 8)
    Season 21 Episode 8:

    Good Ol' Charles Schulz

    The Peanuts characters represent facets of cartoonist Charles Schulz's personality as well as his perspectives on the 20th century.

  • American Masters - Orozco: Man on Fire (Season 21 Episode 7)
    Season 21 Episode 7:

    Orozco: Man on Fire

    Muralist José Clemente Orozco, a leader of the Mexican Renaissance, inspires President Franklin Roosevelt to hire painters to work on public walls during the Great Depression.

  • American Masters - Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (Season 21 Episode 6)
    Season 21 Episode 6:

    Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

    Tony Bennett, born in New York's Little Italy, enjoys an international career, selling 50 million records and winning 15 Grammy Awards.

  • American Masters - John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature (Season 21 Episode 5)
    Season 21 Episode 5:

    John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

    John James Audubon realized his dream of publishing "The Birds of America," a collection of 435 life-size prints.

  • American Masters - David Hockney: The Colors of Music (Season 21 Episode 4)
    Season 21 Episode 4:

    David Hockney: The Colors of Music

    David Hockney's inventive stage designs have transformed opera into an exciting thing to watch as well as hear.

  • American Masters - Les Paul: Chasing Sound (Season 21 Episode 3)
    Season 21 Episode 3:

    Les Paul: Chasing Sound

    Guitarist Les Paul, inventor of overdubbing and multitrack recording, still performs at New York's Iridium Jazz Club at the age of 92.

  • American Masters - Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (Season 21 Episode 2)
    Season 21 Episode 2:

    Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

    Ahmet Ertegun created a new genre of music that combined the African-American music of 1940s Washington, D.C., with the European sensibility.

  • American Masters - Novel Reflections on the American Dream (Season 21 Episode 1)
    Season 21 Episode 1:

    Novel Reflections on the American Dream

    Contemporary scholars and novelists provide perspectives on some of the great American written works of the 20th century.

  • American Masters - Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (Season 20 Episode 9)
    Season 20 Episode 9:

    Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    Photographer Annie Leibovitz talks about her influences and work ethic, and maintaining a balance between her career and motherhood.

  • American Masters - Sketches of Frank Gehry (Season 20 Episode 8)
    Season 20 Episode 8:

    Sketches of Frank Gehry

    Architect Frank Gehry's designs blur the line between art and architecture, evident at the Guggenheim Museum and the Experience Music Project; director Sydney Pollack.

  • American Masters - Andy Warhol (Season 20 Episode 7)
    Season 20 Episode 7:

    Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol moves into directing films, then produces hundreds of portraits of living superstars during his Post-Pop period.

  • American Masters - Andy Warhol (Season 20 Episode 6)
    Season 20 Episode 6:

    Andy Warhol

    One of the founders of Pop Art in the 1950s, Andy Warhol exhibits an obsession with youth, culture and consumerism, prompting his fame as an enigmatic artist.

  • American Masters - Walter Cronkite: Witness to History (Season 20 Episode 5)
    Season 20 Episode 5:

    Walter Cronkite: Witness to History

    Although he stepped down as CBS anchor in 1981, Walter Cronkite's legacy continues today.

  • American Masters - Marilyn Monroe: Still Life (Season 20 Episode 4)
    Season 20 Episode 4:

    Marilyn Monroe: Still Life

    Photographers Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Inge Morath and painter Andy Warhol create images of Marilyn Monroe.

  • American Masters - Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home (Season 20 Episode 3)
    Season 20 Episode 3:

    Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home

    Woody Guthrie's prolific and uniquely patriotic music gives a voice to millions of downtrodden citizens; narrator Peter Coyote.

  • American Masters - The World of Nat King Cole (Season 20 Episode 2)
    Season 20 Episode 2:

    The World of Nat King Cole

    Archival performances, home movies and interviews illustrate singer Nat King Cole's achievements during a 30-year music and television career.

  • American Masters - John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend (Season 20 Episode 1)
    Season 20 Episode 1:

    John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend

    Director John Ford wins six Academy Awards and transforms actor John Wayne into a national icon.

  • American Masters - No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (Season 19 Episode 8)
    Season 19 Episode 8:

    No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    Martin Scorsese's film biography of Bob Dylan includes archival footage of the singer's childhood and life on the road.

  • American Masters - Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea (Season 19 Episode 6)
    Season 19 Episode 6:

    Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway remains one of the most widely read and widely written about American authors.

  • American Masters - Willa Cather: The Road Is All (Season 19 Episode 5)
    Season 19 Episode 5:

    Willa Cather: The Road Is All

    "O Pioneers!" author Willa Cather destroyed much of her personal correspondence and kept her life a mystery.

  • American Masters - Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned (Season 19 Episode 4)
    Season 19 Episode 4:

    Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned

    Actor Bob Newhart began his career doing local radio sketches and stand-up comedy before television sitcoms.

  • American Masters - George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (Season 19 Episode 3)
    Season 19 Episode 3:

    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey

    George Stevens Jr. pays tribute to his father's career as a film director and producer.

  • American Masters - Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (Season 19 Episode 2)
    Season 19 Episode 2:

    Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice

    The female ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock fuses African songs with gospel, blues, jazz and hip-hop.

  • American Masters - James Dean: Sense Memories (Season 19 Episode 1)
    Season 19 Episode 1:

    James Dean: Sense Memories

    The film personae of actor James Dean echo some of his own life experiences and contribute to his legacy.

  • American Masters - Julia! America's Favorite Chef (Season 18 Episode 8)
    Season 18 Episode 8:

    Julia! America's Favorite Chef

    Chef Julia Child changes the way people cook, eat and think about food.

  • American Masters - Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (Season 18 Episode 7)
    Season 18 Episode 7:

    Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

    Musicians, musicologists and family members discuss the life of singer Hank Williams.

  • American Masters - Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire (Season 18 Episode 6)
    Season 18 Episode 6:

    Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire

    Photographs, news footage, readings from essays and first-hand accounts describe the life and career of Time co-founder Henry Luce.

  • American Masters - Judy Garland: By Myself (Season 18 Episode 5)
    Season 18 Episode 5:

    Judy Garland: By Myself

    Actress Judy Garland tells her own story through recordings she made while preparing to write her autobiography.

  • American Masters - Balanchine (Season 18 Episode 4)
    Season 18 Episode 4:

    Balanchine

    Audio and video clips spotlight George Balanchine, the transplanted Russian dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the Ballet Society, which became the New York City Ballet.

  • American Masters - Cary Grant: A Class Apart (Season 18 Episode 3)
    Season 18 Episode 3:

    Cary Grant: A Class Apart

    Bristol-born Cary Grant performs in an English vaudeville troupe, which takes him to New York in 1920, then he takes various jobs before achieving Hollywood success.

  • American Masters - James Brown: Soul Survivor (Season 18 Episode 2)
    Season 18 Episode 2:

    James Brown: Soul Survivor

    Performance clips and interviews with Little Richard, Al Sharpton, Dan Aykroyd depict the life and career of singer James Brown.

  • American Masters - Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin (Season 18 Episode 1)
    Season 18 Episode 1:

    Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin

    The relationship between director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller ruptures after Kazan appears before the House of Un-American Activities Committee in 1952.

  • American Masters - The Education of Gore Vidal (Season 17 Episode 8)
    Season 17 Episode 8:

    The Education of Gore Vidal

    Archival footage, movie clips and interviews with author George Plimpton and historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. depict the life and career of writer Gore Vidal.

  • American Masters - Robert Capa: In Love and War (Season 17 Episode 7)
    Season 17 Episode 7:

    Robert Capa: In Love and War

    A profile of Robert Capa, who photographed five conflicts on three different continents, including Omaha Beach on D-Day.

  • American Masters - Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied (Season 17 Episode 6)
    Season 17 Episode 6:

    Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied

    Muddy Waters took his emotional music to Chicago and became "King of the Blues," later inspiring such artists as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton.

  • American Masters - Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind (Season 17 Episode 5)
    Season 17 Episode 5:

    Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind

    A profile of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, and how her music evolved from personal folk into pop, jazz and avant-garde.

  • American Masters - Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution (Season 17 Episode 4)
    Season 17 Episode 4:

    Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution

    Chef Alice Waters creates Chez Panisse restaurant and rocks the international culinary world with her ideas on nutrition and environment.

  • American Masters - Juilliard (Season 17 Episode 3)
    Season 17 Episode 3:

    Juilliard

    Prestigious performing arts school Juilliard permits a full year of filming within, which reveals the creative process and the essence of discipline and dedication required to achieve excellence.

  • American Masters - Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (Season 17 Episode 2)
    Season 17 Episode 2:

    Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces

    Leonidas F. Chaney, Hollywood's first leading character actor, began his career in vaudeville before establishing himself as an actor, director, screenwriter, and "master of horror.".

  • American Masters - Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving (Season 17 Episode 1)
    Season 17 Episode 1:

    Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving

    On the road with country singer Willie Nelson, including performance footage and interviews with other performers from Waylon Jennings to Dave Matthews.

  • American Masters - Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (Season 16 Episode 8)
    Season 16 Episode 8:

    Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

    A profile of performer-choreographer-director Gene Kelly, who incorporated an athletic, American style into his dance routines.

  • American Masters - Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (Season 16 Episode 7)
    Season 16 Episode 7:

    Ralph Ellison: An American Journey

    The life and work of author Ralph Ellison, whose novel "Invisible Man" won him many awards and honors.

  • American Masters - Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance (Season 16 Episode 6)
    Season 16 Episode 6:

    Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance

    Choreographer Merce Cunningham, who opened his dance studio in 1953, is still working at the age of 80.

  • American Masters - Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:

    Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records

    Entrepreneur Sam Phillips creates Sun Records, giving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others their start.

  • American Masters - Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:

    Quincy Jones: In the Pocket

    The life and career of composer, arranger and producer Quincy Jones and his contributions to the entertainment business over the past 50 years.

  • American Masters - Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest of Sounds (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:

    Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest of Sounds

    Composer Richard Rodgers' musicals include "Oklahoma," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."

  • American Masters - F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's friends discuss the author's life, personality and the original versions of some of his best-known works.

  • American Masters - Goldwyn (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    Goldwyn

    Dustin Hoffman acts as narrator for this in-depth look at domineering studio head Samuel Goldwyn and his contribution to the golden age of Hollywood.

  • American Masters - Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

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

    Photographer Edward S. Curtis' pictorial history records the traditional lives of American Indian tribes.

  • American Masters - Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (Season 15 Episode 7)
    Season 15 Episode 7:

    Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye

    Photographer Alfred Stieglitz demonstrates the expressive power of pictures and modernism in America.

  • American Masters - Conversations With Gregory Peck (Season 15 Episode 6)
    Season 15 Episode 6:

    Conversations With Gregory Peck

    The Academy Award-winning actor, best known for his roles in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Yearling," performs his one-man show.

  • American Masters - Bob Marley: Rebel Music (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    Bob Marley: Rebel Music

    Home movies, performance footage and interviews help highlight the personal and public personas of reggae musician Bob Marley.

  • American Masters - Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy

    Carol Burnett, Fran Drescher, other comedic actresses, relatives and filmmaker Pamela Mason Wagner chronicle Lucille Ball's talent, business acumen and ascent into legend.

  • American Masters - George Cukor: On Cukor (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    George Cukor: On Cukor

    Robert Trachtenberg chronicles fellow filmmaker George Cukor's career through archival movie clips and interviews with the director's friends and colleagues.

  • American Masters - Mailer on Mailer (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    Mailer on Mailer

    The career of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer extends to activist, critic and exponent of American existentialism.

  • American Masters - Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows

    Filmmaker Bruce Ricker chronicles the career of Clint Eastwood from early B-movie cameos to major feature films.

  • American Masters - The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (Season 14 Episode 7)
    Season 14 Episode 7:

    The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

    The artistic expression of the counter-culture movement.

  • American Masters - Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso (Season 14 Episode 6)
    Season 14 Episode 6:

    Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso

    The life of violinist and renowned humanitarian Isaac Stern. Featuring interviews with violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and others.

  • American Masters - Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (Season 14 Episode 5)
    Season 14 Episode 5:

    Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

    Lee Grant narrates a profile of Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier.

  • American Masters - Paul Taylor: Dancemaker (Season 14 Episode 4)
    Season 14 Episode 4:

    Paul Taylor: Dancemaker

    Dancer Paul Taylor travels with his company to India, works on Broadway and creates a dance.

  • American Masters - Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (Season 14 Episode 3)
    Season 14 Episode 3:

    Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

    Performance clips and interviews profile musician Ella Fitzgerald; narrator Tony Bennett.

  • American Masters - Norman Rockwell: Painting America (Season 14 Episode 2)
    Season 14 Episode 2:

    Norman Rockwell: Painting America

    Steven Spielberg, authors, photographers and models offer personal perspectives on the artist Norman Rockwell's life and career.

  • American Masters - Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood

    Gene Hackman narrates an examination of the filmmaking partnership of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick.

  • American Masters - Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (Season 13 Episode 7)
    Season 13 Episode 7:

    Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley

    The relatively unknown female composers, including Kay Swift, Dana Suesse and Ann Ronell, who wrote some of the best-known songs of the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

  • American Masters - Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer. (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer.

    The semiautobiographical work of Dashiell Hammett, the former San Francisco private detective who penned "The Maltese Falcon" and other classics of the genre.

  • American Masters - The Lives of Lillian Hellman (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    The Lives of Lillian Hellman

    Playwright Lillian Hellman's life and career.

  • American Masters - Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius

    Artist Robert Rauschenberg utilizes technology, vibrant colors and interactive pieces.

  • American Masters - Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Paul Robeson: Here I Stand

    Singer Paul Robeson affirms political beliefs and fights for social justice.

  • American Masters - The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

    Filmmaker Susan W. Dryfoos profiles caricaturist Al Hirschfeld of The New York Times.

  • American Masters - Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note (Season 13 Episode 1)
    Season 13 Episode 1:

    Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note

    The life of composer Leonard Bernstein, shaped by his Jewish heritage, his morality and his playful sense of humor.

  • American Masters - Alexander Calder (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    Alexander Calder

    Playwright Arthur Miller, architect I.M. Pei and artist Ellsworth Kelly paint a picture of the life of inventive sculptor Alexander Calder.

  • American Masters - Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes

    Newsman Don Hewitt creates the television news magazine.

  • American Masters - Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart

    Clips and interviews chronicle singer Lou Reed's career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist.

  • American Masters - Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy

    Filmmaker Billy Wilder writes, directs and produces more than 50 movies and wins six Academy Awards; narrator Walter Matthau.

  • American Masters - Vaudeville (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    Vaudeville

    Stage shows dominate four decades of American popular culture.

  • American Masters - The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

    The poetry of the noted "beat generation" poet and the values reflected within his works.

  • American Masters - Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper (Season 11 Episode 5)
    Season 11 Episode 5:

    Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper

    A portrait of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, whose work celebrates, and is shaped by, his American and Japanese heritage.

  • American Masters - Jack Paar: As I Was Saying ... (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Jack Paar: As I Was Saying ...

    Broadcast pioneer Jack Paar's career includes being host of an early version of "The Tonight Show."

  • American Masters - Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde

    Emmanuel Rudnitsky's talents include photography, painting, collage, film, poetry, philosophy.

  • American Masters - Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter

    Interviews and film clips characterize the career of actor Danny Kaye.

  • American Masters - Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice

    Ossie Davis, Alan King and others talk about singer Lena Horne's path to stardom.

  • American Masters - Nichols and May: Take Two (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    Nichols and May: Take Two

    Television highlights and interviews profile the comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May.

  • American Masters - Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud

    Buckminster Fuller, creator of the geodesic dome, is an architect, engineer, inventor and philosopher.

  • American Masters - Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

    Interviews, audio recordings and photographs profile photographer Richard Avedon.

  • American Masters - William Styron: The Way of the Writer (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    William Styron: The Way of the Writer

    Interviews and excerpts spotlight Pulitzer Prize winner William Styron's ideas and scope.

  • American Masters - Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval

    Interviews with colleagues, friends and family show writer Rod Serling's creativity and ambition.

  • American Masters - Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul

    Interviews, archival materials and dramatized vignettes depict Edgar Allan Poe, with Treat Williams, John Heard, Rene Auberjonois.

  • American Masters - Placido Domingo: A Musical Life (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Placido Domingo: A Musical Life

    The rise of one of the world's most accomplished tenors and his great performances.

  • American Masters - Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage

    The plays of a master of portraying human relations.

  • American Masters - Rediscovering Will Rogers (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Rediscovering Will Rogers

    Narrator Edwin Newman chronicles Will Rogers' contributions with newsreel footage, radio broadcasts, photographs, home movies.

  • American Masters - Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed

    Martha Graham's career as dancer, choreographer, teacher and ballet-company director spans many decades.

  • American Masters - Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing

    The life of the clarinetist and band leader known as the "King of Swing."

  • American Masters - D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

    A look at the innovator of primary motion-picture techniques and the controversy surrounding his beliefs.

  • American Masters - George Lucas: Heroes, Myths & Magic (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    George Lucas: Heroes, Myths & Magic

    The thinking and techniques used by one of America's most-celebrated movie makers.

  • American Masters - Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time

    The career and collaborations of Simon's 30 years in music.

  • American Masters - Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey

    Peter Coyote narrates a profile of screenwriter Waldo Salt, whose credits include "Midnight Cowboy" and "Serpico.".

  • American Masters - Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul

    A portrait of singer-songwriter Ray Charles' career including the obstacles he has faced and overcome.

  • American Masters - Robert Motherwell & the New York School: Storming the Citadel (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Robert Motherwell & the New York School: Storming the Citadel

    Robert Motherwell helps shift modern art from Paris to New York in the '40s.

  • American Masters - Menuhin: Family Portrait (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Menuhin: Family Portrait

    Interviews, footage and photos profile violinist Yehudi Menuhin as prodigy, musician, husband, father and teacher.

  • American Masters - Frederic Remington: Truth of Other Days (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Frederic Remington: Truth of Other Days

    Gregory Peck narrates a portrait of 19th-century Western artist Frederic Remington.

  • American Masters - Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One

    A profile of Sarah Vaughan from childhood shows her accomplishments in jazz and popular music.

  • American Masters - A. Einstein: How I See the World (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    A. Einstein: How I See the World

    A portrait of Albert Einstein, focusing on the physicist as a humanitarian and philosopher. Interviewees include Linus Pauling.

  • American Masters - Miracle on 44th Street: Portrait of the Actors Studio (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Miracle on 44th Street: Portrait of the Actors Studio

    A portrait of the Actors Studio features Paul Newman, James Dean and many more.

  • American Masters - Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre

    Jason Robards narrates a profile of Helen Hayes, with interviews and film clips.

  • American Masters - John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say & I'm Saying It (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say & I'm Saying It

    Composer John Cage combines silence and unique sounds.

  • American Masters - Sanford Meisner: Theater's Best-Kept Secret (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Sanford Meisner: Theater's Best-Kept Secret

    Sanford Meisner, a founder of the Group Theatre, trains actors, writers and directors.

  • American Masters - John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen

    Record producer John Hammond's career influences five decades of U.S. music.

  • American Masters - Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter

    A profile of newsman Edward R. Murrow recalls his live radio broadcasts and his TV programs ("See It Now," "Person to Person," "CBS Reports").

  • American Masters - You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story

    Interviews and film clips recall the musical legacy of Cole Porter ("I Get a Kick Out of You," "Be a Clown").

  • American Masters - Martin Scorsese Directs (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Martin Scorsese Directs

    Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull") works on a production. Includes interviews with associates.

  • American Masters - John Cassavetes (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    John Cassavetes

    Actors in John Cassavetes movies ("Husbands," "A Woman Under the Influence") discuss the filmmaker's legacy.

  • American Masters - Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer

    Film clips and interviews recall the legacy of director/writer Preston Sturges.

  • American Masters - Milos Forman: Portrait (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Milos Forman: Portrait

    Czechoslovakian-born Milos Forman directs "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Hair" and "Amadeus."

  • American Masters - Harold Lloyd (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Harold Lloyd

    British director Lindsay Anderson narrates a portrait of silent funnyman Harold Lloyd's later career.

  • American Masters - W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult

    Peter Riegert portrays photographer W. Eugene Smith in a dramatized documentary with archival footage and interviews.

  • American Masters - Mort Sahl: Loyal Opposition (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Mort Sahl: Loyal Opposition

    Political satirist Mort Sahl's career spans presidential administrations from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

  • American Masters - Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint

    Friends and critics of artist Jasper Johns comment on his work and its impact on U.S. art.

  • American Masters - Celebrating Bird: Triumph of Charlie Parker (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Celebrating Bird: Triumph of Charlie Parker

    Saxophonist Charlie Parker excels, but destructive habits cause his untimely death.

  • American Masters - James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

    Author James Baldwin, as revealed in his written and spoken words and in interviews with friends and colleagues, including William Styron, Maya Angelou and Bobby Short.

  • American Masters - Satchmo (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Satchmo

    A profile of Louis Armstrong examines the roles of culture and personality in the creative process as well as barriers facing black artists.

  • American Masters - Stella Adler: Awake & Dream! (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Stella Adler: Awake & Dream!

    Stella Adler, champion of method acting, discusses years teaching and performing.

  • American Masters - Harold Clurman: Life of Theatre (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Harold Clurman: Life of Theatre

    Clurman introduces method acting to the United States and helps form the Group Theatre.

  • American Masters - Broadway's Dreamers: Legacy of the Group Theatre (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Broadway's Dreamers: Legacy of the Group Theatre

    Joanne Woodward interviews former members of the 1930s Group Theatre, with archival footage of actors and teachers.

  • American Masters - Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs

    Neil Simon's evolution as a playwright is portrayed in interviews with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Watler Matthau and others.

  • American Masters - Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl

    A dramatized portrait of sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, re-creating his life and career through reminiscences.

  • American Masters - Rivera in America (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Rivera in America

    The subjects of Mexican artist Diego Rivera's San Francisco, Detroit and New York murals spark controversy.

  • American Masters - Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

    Detroit gospel singer Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  • American Masters - Andre Kertesz of the Cities (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Andre Kertesz of the Cities

    A profile of the photographer examines his renowned work, including the "Distortions" series.

  • American Masters - A Duke Named Ellington (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    A Duke Named Ellington

    Chronicles Edward Kennedy Ellington's career between the 1920s and early 1950s, told through interviews.

  • American Masters - Lillian Gish: Actor's Life for Me (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Lillian Gish: Actor's Life for Me

    Film clips and the actress's personal recollections recall her career, including the years as one of D.W. Griffith's leading ladies.

  • American Masters - Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow

    The comedian starts in vaudeville at age four, achieves subsequent fame as a silent screen star, then loses a lucrative job because of alcoholism, marital troubles and problems with studio executives. In the late 1940s, Keaton re-emerges as a star.

  • American Masters - 10-Year Lunch: Wit & Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    10-Year Lunch: Wit & Legend of the Algonquin Round Table

    A ritual meeting of 1920s wits impacts strongly on American humor.

  • American Masters - Unanswered Prayers: Life & Times of Truman Capote (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Unanswered Prayers: Life & Times of Truman Capote

    A retrospective portrait of Truman Capote (1924-1984), author of "In Cold Blood" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's.".

  • American Masters - Negro Ensemble Company (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Negro Ensemble Company

    Performance footage and interviews with founders and alumni highlight a look at the Negro Ensemble Company's 20-year history.

  • American Masters - Maurice Sendak: Mon Cher Papa (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Maurice Sendak: Mon Cher Papa

    This profile of children's book illustrator Maurice Sendak explores how Mozart influenced his creativity.

  • American Masters - George Gershwin Remembered (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    George Gershwin Remembered

    Profile of the life and musical career of the composer explores the two sides of his career as a popular "tunesmith" and a classical composer.

  • American Masters - Nik & Murray (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Nik & Murray

    A retrospective on the lives, work and 35-year friendship of choreographers Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais.

  • American Masters - Rubinstein Remembered: 100th Anniversary Tribute (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Rubinstein Remembered: 100th Anniversary Tribute

    Music, film clips, home movies and interviews profile pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

  • American Masters - Directed by William Wyler (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Directed by William Wyler

    A profile of the director features interviews with Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand and Laurence Olivier.

  • American Masters - Isaac in America (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Isaac in America

    Judd Hirsch narrates a 1986 Oscar-nominated portrait featuring dramatized scenes from "A Day in Coney Island.".

  • American Masters - Eugene O'Neill: Glory of Ghosts (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Eugene O'Neill: Glory of Ghosts

    A profile of the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist includes Jason Robards, Zoe Caldwell, Blythe Danner and Tony Lo Bianco enacting excerpts from O'Neill's most famous plays.

  • American Masters - Georgia O'Keeffe (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    An interview with painter Georgia O'Keeffe contains her home-movie footage and photos of her life with photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

  • American Masters - Thomas Eakins: Motion Portrait (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Thomas Eakins: Motion Portrait

    Profile of the painter features archival interviews with models, his works and re-enacted scenes of his life.

  • American Masters - Aaron Copland: Self-Portrait (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Aaron Copland: Self-Portrait

    A film biography with performances, interviews, and documentary material celebrates the composer's 85th birthday.

  • American Masters - James Levine: Life in Music (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    James Levine: Life in Music

    The artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera is seen rehearsing, coaching and conducting.

  • American Masters - Long Night of Lady Day (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Long Night of Lady Day

    Film and television appearances of jazz singer Billie Holiday illustrate her career from the 1930s to the late '50s.

  • American Masters - The Unknown Chaplin (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Unknown Chaplin

    The life and sensibilities of silent film superstar Charlie Chaplin.

  • American Masters - Charlie Chaplin: My Happiest Years (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Charlie Chaplin: My Happiest Years

    Outtakes from Charlie Chaplin's early career illustrate this look at the comedian's work. James Mason narrates.

  • American Masters - Katherine Anne Porter (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Katherine Anne Porter

    The effect of Katherine Anne Porter's childhood on her later writings is examined through interviews and dramatized excerpts.

  • American Masters - Philip Johnson (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Philip Johnson

    Noted American architect Philip Johnson discusses his career with close friend, writer Rosamund Bernier.

  • American Masters - Private Conversations (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Private Conversations

    The filming of "Death of a Salesman" features author Arthur Miller, Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.

  • American Masters - Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (Special)
    Special:

    Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart

    The life of the late musician is profiled.

  • American Masters - Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (Episode 239)
    Episode 239:

    Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

  • American Masters - JD Salinger (Episode 237)
    Episode 237:

    JD Salinger

  • American Masters - Menuhin: Family Portrait (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Menuhin: Family Portrait

    Film shows violinist Yehudi Menuhin in rehearsal and concert, from age 11 to 72.

  • American Masters - Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow

    Keaton re-emerges as a star in the late 1940s after several lean years.

  • American Masters - Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow

    Keaton struggles with alcoholism, a failed first marriage and other problems.

  • American Masters - Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow

    The comedian starts in vaudeville, moves to films and becomes a silent screen star.

  • American Masters - Charlie Chaplin: Hidden Treasures (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Charlie Chaplin: Hidden Treasures

    Movies that Chaplin made for fun or abandoned are mixed with scenes from "City Lights" and "Modern Times."

  • American Masters - Charlie Chaplin: Great Director (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Charlie Chaplin: Great Director

    Jackie Coogan, Lita Grey, Georgia Hale and Virginia Cherril recall Chaplin's early directorial efforts.

  • American Masters - American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

    American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

    The career of actor, writer, director and producer Mel Brooks spans 60 years and has earned him Emmy, Grammy, Motion Picture Academy and Tony awards.

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