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Closed Captioned American Masters | George Gershwin #205 [TV-G]
George Gerswhin began his musical career as a song-plugger on Tin Pan Alley, but was soon writing his own pieces. He collaborated with his brother, lyricist Ira, on many successful Broadway musicals and films and won the first Pulitzer Prize for a musical. Though he died at the age of 38, he remains one of America's most beloved popular musicians.

American Masters | Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul #305 [TV-PG]
Traces the meteoric rise to fame of the world-famous Queen of Soul as well as her musical development, from the raw talent she displayed as a Detroit gospel singer to the wide stylistic and emotional ranges she came to command.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Rivera in America #306 [TV-G]
Diego Rivera is widely considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th century. His story includes a stormy love affair with fellow painter Frida Kahlo and several controversial commissions for Henry Ford and the Rockefellers in the United States.

Closed Captioned American Masters | James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket #309 [TV-PG]
An in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century. The program features interviews with family members, friends, and notable colleagues such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon, and Bobby Short.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong #404 [TV-PG]
In 1918, a self-taught teenage trumpet player and singer burst onto the scene when he replaced the legendary King Oliver in Kid Ory's band. Over the next six decades, Louis Armstrong would turn the world of music on its ear and become one of the world's most recognized and best-loved entertainers. He recorded albums in every conceivable genre, toured the globe, and influenced generations of fellow musicians. He was also an outspoken symbol of the civil rights movement and a goodwill ambassador for jazz around the world. This award-winning film tracks Armstrong's life and career through recordings, performance footage, rare home movies, and interviews with friends and colleagues—including Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Lester Bowie, Dexter Gordon, and Milt Hinton.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer #501 [TV-G]
Creator of eight dazzling, completely distinctive comedies during a four-year period at Paramount, Preston Sturges was, along with Orson Welles, the reigning Hollywood genius of the 1940s. But Sturges' star fell as quickly as it rose—for reasons that remain perplexing.

Closed Captioned American Masters | You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story #504
A contemporary of George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern, Cole Porter broke from the simple sentimentality that dominated Tin Pan Alley to create songs of urbane wit and musical complexity. He wrote hundreds of songs for dozens of Broadway shows, movie musicals, and television specials.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Edward R. Murrow: The Reporter #505 [TV-PG]
"This ... is London." With those trademark words, crackling over the airwaves from a city in the midst of blitzkrieg, Edward R. Murrow began a journalistic career that has had no equal. From the opening days of World War II through his death in 1965, Murrow had an unparalleled influence on broadcast journalism. His voice was universally recognized, and a generation of radio and television newsmen emulated his style.

Closed Captioned American Masters | A. Einstein: How I See the World #603 [TV-G]
At one point, Albert Einstein was unable to find a teaching job and was stuck working at a government patent office. But he went on to become one of the greatest scientists of all time. His theories on the nature of time and space profoundly affected the human conception of the physical world and set the foundations for many of the scientific advances of the 20th century.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul #608 [TV-PG]
Traces Ray Charles' trajectory from impoverished blind child to ground-breaking and beloved singer, pianist, and composer. This look at Charles' musical influences and the creation of his distinctive style covers both his dark side, including a 15-year heroin addiction and his infamous pursuit of women, and his delightful side—playing chess with Willie Nelson, joking onstage with Johnny Carson, and cutting up backstage with lifelong friend Quincy Jones.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Goldwyn #1501 [TV-PG]
In 1895, Samuel Goldwyn crossed Europe on foot in pursuit of his dream of America. After a series of explosive partnerships with the volatile Hollywood studios, he emerged as the industry's "great independent." Today his name is synonymous with the American movie, from its beginnings through its Golden Age. Clips from dozens of movies, rare footage and photography, and first-person interviews explore how he developed the "Goldwyn touch" by hiring accomplished writers and how he launched such actors as Gary Cooper, David Niven, Barbara Stanwyck, Laurence Olivier, and Danny Kaye. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman.

Closed Captioned American Masters | F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams #1502 [TV-PG]
Fitzgerald's complicated life is illuminated through exclusive interviews with people who knew the author and original re-creations of scenes from his novels.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds #1503 [TV-G]
Explores the music of the celebrated Broadway and film composer, best known for his collaborations with Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart, and the stories behind it.

American Masters | Quincy Jones: In the Pocket #1504 [TV-PG]
As a master inventor of musical hybrids, Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium—records, live performance, movies, and television.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records #1505 [TV-PG]
Sam Phillips began a revolution and created an amazing personal legacy when he founded Sun Records—the place where Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and many others got their starts in rock 'n' roll.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance #1506 [TV-G]
Profiles one of the great 20th-century choreographers, acclaimed for his abstraction, innovation, and imagination. Cunningham opened his famous dance studio in 1953 and went on to choreograph more than 150 pieces throughout his career. Now 80 years old, he is still working—proving that he really is the dance world's fountain of youth.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Ralph Ellison: An American Journey #1507 [TV-PG]
Explores the life and work of influential author Ralph Ellison, whose novel Invisible Man was a landmark in African-American literature and won him a lifetime of awards and honors. The program features a tribute from Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison; interviews with critic Stanley Crouch, author Shelby Steele, author and political activist Amiri Baraka, and Harvard University professor Cornel West; rare archival footage; and never-before-seen photos from Ellison's family albums.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer #1508 [TV-G]
Responsible for creating a new approach to film musicals as performer, choreographer, and director, Gene Kelly was equally determined to incorporate a distinctly athletic, American style into dance. Kelly went far beyond the grinning, beloved entertainer the world has come to know: His charisma and creativity were matched by a volatile temper, driven perfectionism, and a need for attention.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving #1601 [TV-PG]
The first bare-all look at this singer, songwriter, and quintessential American folk hero, captured through concert footage, conversation, and casual eavesdropping as well as interviews with family, friends, band members, roadies, fans, and other musicians and performers.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces #1602
Interviews and footage from classic films reveal Chaney the actor, director, screenwriter, and master of horror—renowned for the lengths to which he would go to portray his characters.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Juilliard #1603
In its 95-year history, the Juilliard School has set the international standard for education in the performing arts, from music to opera and dance to drama. This film weaves five stories of present students with the past glories and hardships of distinguished faculty members and celebrated alumni to illuminate the price often exacted for being the best.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution #1604 [TV-G]
Former Berkeley hippie Alice Waters rocked the international world of food in the late 1970s by preparing a simple lunch of roasted garlic, grilled spring lamb, baby mixed greens, and a perfect peach for an elite culinary gathering accustomed to complicated dishes and heavy French sauces. Since then, she and her now-famous Chez Panissee restaurant have become major influences on how Americans eat and think about food. Waters helped launch the explosion of local farmers' markets and prompted the redesign of supermarket produce departments.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind #1605 [TV-PG]
Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell has confounded expectations at every turn. Wildly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk into pop, jazz, and avant-garde—prophetic of the multi-cultural experimentation of the '80s and '90s.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied #1606 [TV-PG]
A rural Mississippi field hand and bootlegger, Waters literally electrified the blues sound, took it to Chicago, and paved the path for rock 'n' roll.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Robert Capa: In Love and War #1607 [TV-PG]
The first feature-length biography of the seemingly fearless photojournalist explores both his near-mythic life and the historical importance of his documentation of 20th-century wars.

Closed Captioned American Masters | The Education of Gore Vidal #1608 [TV-PG]
One of the most eclectic intellectuals in literature today, Vidal writes cautionary tales about politics, sex, art, and philosophy. A contrarian, a wise man, and a realist, he's also wickedly funny. This portrait includes behind-the-scenes looks at the 40th-anniversary revival of The Best Man on Broadway and the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles; archival footage; movie clips; interviews with author George Plimpton, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Review of Books editor and publisher Barbara Epstein, and literary critics Harold Bloom and Adam Goodheart; and celebrity readings from Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin #1701 [TV-PG]
Elia Kazan's impressive directorial body of work includes On the Waterfront, East of Eden, and A Streetcar Named Desire. But in 1952, when he "named names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he destroyed careers, lives, and relationships—including his friendship with playwright Arthur Miller, author of All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. The story of the rupture of their personal and artistic relationship is also an examination of one of the darkest times in America's cultural history.

Closed Captioned American Masters | James Brown: Soul Survivor #1702 [TV-G]
While the civil rights movement was reshaping American society, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown was ushering in a funky new era in American popular music. Pulsating performance footage and interviews with Brown, his closest friends, fellow performers, and celebrities—including Little Richard, Al Sharpton, Dan Aykroyd, and Chuck D—recall Brown's upbringing in poverty, his call for "black power," his controversial lifestyle, his temporary but devastating fall from the spotlight in the 1970s, and his powerful impact on two generations of musicians.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Balanchine #1703 [TV-G]
Having created more than 450 works during his lifetime, George Balanchine is regarded as the "father of American ballet." This 1984 biography, produced shortly after his death, celebrates the choreographer's career and pays tribute to the themes of his ballets through an unparalleled collection of archival audio and video footage.

American Masters | Judy Garland: By Myself #1704 [TV-PG]
Recordings made by Judy Garland as she prepared to write her autobiography-a book that was never published-reveal how the singer and actress saw herself and her career. Extensive material from A Star Is Born, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, rare outtakes, and alternate takes of Garland's numerous performances, provides further insight.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire #1705 [TV-PG]
Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc. in 1923 and presided over the company for more than 45 years, making an indelible mark on publishing in the process. Photographs and news footage from the company's unparalleled archives, readings from ground-breaking essays, and firsthand accounts from those who knew Luce best provide insight into his life, work, and influence on America.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues #1706 [TV-PG]
Hank Williams was a recording artist for just six years and a star for just four. Yet his hits—from "Your Cheatin' Heart" to "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to "Hey Good Lookin'"—define country music. Riveting and charismatic some nights, a broken-down drunk on others, he has long been an enigma as well as an icon. Rare performance tapes; home movies; and interviews with family members, other musicians, and musicologists attempt to penetrate the myth that has grown up around, and obscured, the real Hank Williams.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Julia! America's Favorite Chef #1801 [TV-G]
A pioneer in public television's long tradition of cooking programs, Julia Child introduced French cuisine to American home cooks and revolutionized the way America cooks, eats, and thinks about food. This fond celebration of her life and legacy tells two love stories: one between Julia and Paul Child, the other between Julia and French food. In addition to vintage clips from her own shows, it includes photos from Paul Child's personal archive.

Closed Captioned American Masters | James Dean: Sense Memories #1802 [TV-PG]
James Dean's celluloid legacy consists of only three films: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. But each was crafted by a seminal director, and the brooding, mesmerizing presence of their young star turned each one into a classic. Though five decades have passed since his death in a car accident, Dean remains a cinema icon of mythic dimensions. Synonymous with adolescent angst, he also redefined the American male ideal, making vulnerability sexy and alienation desirable. And the characters he embodied so magnetically—misfits, consummate outsiders, characters in search of identity and meaning—echoed the themes of loss and abandonment in his own life.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Cary Grant: A Class Apart #1803 [TV-PG]
Born 100 years ago into dismal circumstances in Bristol, England, Cary Grant got his start (as Archie Leach) touring in vaudeville shows, eventually arriving in New York in 1920. He walked on stilts at Coney Island and sold neckties on midtown street corners before landing small parts in Hollywood. He hit it big in 1933 as Mae West's leading man in She Done Him Wrong, then invented what would become his classy on-screen persona in Sylvia Scarlett. He worked with such directors as George Cukor, Alfred Hitchcock, and Howard Hawks; starred in a long line of classic comedies and suspense films; played opposite every top Hollywood female star of several decades; and remains one of the most adored actors in film history—one whose best role may have been playing himself.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice #1804 [TV-PG]
Bernice Johnson Reagon sang as a child in her father's rural Baptist church, studied Italian aria and German lieder in college, was an original member of the SNCC Freedom Singers in the 1960s, and founded Sweet Honey in the Rock in the 1970s. Ever since then, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble of six African-American women has been raising its powerful voice against injustice. Faithful to a rich cultural history spanning slavery, the foundations of the black church, and the civil rights movement, the group imparts the essence of the African musical legacy in America through storytelling; humor; and stirring a cappella performances of spirituals, hymns and gospel, blues, jazz, rap, and traditional West African songs.

Closed Captioned American Masters | George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey #1805 [TV-PG]
Filmmaker George Stevens Jr. pays tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest directors—his father. The elder Stevens' astonishing filmography includes the classics Alice Adams, Annie Oakley, Swing Time, Gunga Din, Woman of the Year, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Greatest Story Ever Told as well as the only existing color films of many pivotal World War II scenes, from the D-Day landing at Normandy to the liberation of Dachau. Stevens directed everyone from Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Elizabeth Taylor, and Warren Beatty and was equally adept at capturing the liberation of Paris and the intricate footwork of Fred Astaire.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned #1806 [TV-PG]
Shy and unassuming, the "Dean of Deadpan" exploded on the comedy scene in 1960. Over the years, Newhart's cool, calculated routines became part of Americana, from his one-way telephone conversations to the "nervous monologue" sketch. He went on to create and star in critically acclaimed sitcom staples of the 1970s and '80s, influencing generations of other comics, and is still winning applause for both dramatic and comedic guest roles.

American Masters | Willa Cather: The Road Is All #1807 [TV-PG]
In 1883, the young Willa Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the vast tallgrass prairies of Nebraska. The experience terrified but exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels: O Pioneer, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours. Though her life remains mysterious—she destroyed much of her personal correspondence and insisted upon specific restrictions concerning her work—she has been an inspiration to women writers and a hero to women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years. David Strathairn narrates, and Marcia Gay Harden provides the voice of Willa Cather.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea #1808 [TV-PG]
During his lifetime, Ernest Hemingway was as well known as any movie star—a dashing international figure who challenged the notion that writers exist in an ivory tower. The battles, bullfights, big game, and booze he took on in real life were channeled into stark prose that created a new form of expression, describing action and emotion in simple, authentic terms. And now, more than 40 years after his death, he is still one of the most widely read, and widely written about, American authors. Kate Burton narrates a re-examination of the author's life that is based on the works themselves—the written word and the art of Hemingway's storytelling.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (Part 1) #1809 [TV-PG]
In the period between his explosive arrival on the downtown New York scene in 1961 and his near-fatal motorcycle accident in Woodstock in 1966, no one changed the landscape of contemporary music more profoundly than Bob Dylan, with his raspy voice, pounding guitar, and stunning lyrics. Martin Scorsese directs a powerful, intimate examination of Dylan's life and career, illuminating those pivotal years with the help of unprecedented participation by the reclusive songwriter. The film includes an archive of never-before-seen footage from childhood, from the road, and from backstage as well as unreleased interviews conducted over the past 15 years with other seminal figures from those times—some of whom, like Allan Ginsberg, are long dead.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (Part 2) #1810 [TV-PG]
The conclusion of Martin Scorsese's profile of the poet and raspy-voiced singer/songwriter and the critical five-year period during which he burst onto the folk music scene and then turned it upside-down.

Closed Captioned American Masters | John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend #1901 [TV-PG]
John Ford, considered by many to be the greatest American director, won six Academy Awards, more than any director before or since. Along the way, he also transformed John Wayne from a B-Western cowboy into a larger-than-life national icon. Their friendship and professional collaboration changed the movies—and America's image of itself.

American Masters | The World of Nat King Cole #1902 [TV-G]
Known for his silky-smooth vocals, Nat King Cole was also an innovative jazz pianist and a civil rights pioneer who broke through long-standing racial barriers in the entertainment industry.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home #1903 [TV-PG]
Virtually every American who has listened to the radio or gone to summer camp knows Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and his music has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Irish rock band U2. The complex story of America's signature folk singer/songwriter is filled with frenetic creative energy and a treasure trove of cultural history—as well as personal imperfections and profound family tragedy.

American Masters | Marilyn Monroe: Still Life #1904 [TV-PG]
Marilyn Monroe's relationship with the camera produced an enduring body of work that still dazzles and moves us, evoking both desire and pathos. This film tells her story through the work of such photographers as Eve Arnold, Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, George Zimbel, and Phil Stern along with writers Norman Mailer and Gloria Steinem.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Walter Cronkite: Witness to History #1905 [TV-PG]
As a young reporter, Walter Cronkite hit the sands at Normandy and covered the trials at Nuremburg. As an anchorman, he shed tears over JFK's assassination; took us to the moon; famously deemed Vietnam a stalemate; and steadfastly adhered to his credo of fast, accurate, and unbiased news reporting to become the most trusted figure in American public life.

American Masters | Andy Warhol (Part 1) #1906 [TV-M]
This two-part film explores Warhol's astonishing artistic output between the late 1940s and his untimely death in 1987. Obsessed with fame and a desire to transcend his origins, Warhol uniquely grasped the realities of modern society—including the functions of celebrity and mass media—and helped redraw the lines between art and commerce.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Andy Warhol (Part 2) #1907 [TV-M]
This two-part film explores Warhol's astonishing artistic output between the late 1940s and his untimely death in 1987. Obsessed with fame and a desire to transcend his origins, Warhol uniquely grasped the realities of modern society—including the functions of celebrity and mass media—and helped redraw the lines between art and commerce.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Sketches of Frank Gehry #1908 [TV-PG]
A rare architect who blurs the line between art and architecture, Frank Gehry creates dynamic structures and unpredictable interiors. Directed by award-winning producer-director Sidney Pollack, Gehry's close friend.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens #1909 [TV-PG]
Though masterful at exposing her subjects, photographer Annie Leibovitz has kept her own life private and protected. This behind-the-scenes look at her life and work visits both her hectic studio and her idyllic farm to follow the creation of a new retrospective book.

American Masters | Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built #2001 [TV-PG]
Ahmet Ertegun merged the African-American music he heard in segregated clubs in Washington, DC in the 1940s with a European sensibility. Then he brought the revolutionary results back to America, where he discovered Ray Charles, introduced Eric Clapton to Aretha Franklin, signed the Rolling Stones, and founded Atlantic Records.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Les Paul: Chasing Sound #2002 [TV-PG]
The legendary Les Paul—father of the solid-body electric guitar, inventor of overdubbing and multi-track recording, king of the '50s pop charts, and rock 'n' roll pioneer—still holds court every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

Closed Captioned American Masters | David Hockney: The Colors of Music #2003 [TV-PG]
An English-born artist based in Los Angeles, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Poetic and narrative, his work progressed from pop to naturalism to photo collage—while always expressing a unique, powerful approach to light and color. Most recently, Hockney has devoted his creative energy to stage design for opera.

American Masters | John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature #2004 [TV-PG]
John James Audubon, who began painting birds while living on the Kentucky frontier, killed hundreds of them in order to create The Birds of America, his monumental collection of 435 life-sized avian portraits. Today, one of the country's largest conservation organizations is named for him.

American Masters | Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends #2005 [TV-PG]
The man Frank Sinatra called "the best singer in the business" has been in it for more than 50 years, selling 50 million records and reaping 15 Grammy Awards—including two at age 80. This profile includes complete coverage of Bennett's 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival performance and interviews at his home and painting studio.

American Masters | Orozco: Man of Fire #2006 [TV-PG]
Often thought of as the "other" Mexican muralist (beside his more flamboyant compatriot Diego Rivera), José Orozco was a leader of the Mexican Renaissance. His bold, dynamic frescoes had a profound impact on American painters and inspired Franklin D. Roosevelt to put artists to work during the Great Depression.

American Masters | Good Ol' Charles Schulz #2007 [TV-G]
The story of an unassuming, self-doubting man who redefined the comic art form with Peanuts.

American Masters | Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character #2008 [TV-PG]
A tribute to the entertainer who transformed herself into a one-woman army of comedic characters despite a difficult childhood.

American Masters | Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun #2009 [TV-PG]
Author Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most celebrated and most controversial figures of the Harlem Renaissance. She attained success in several areas, but her words and her conclusions were often mired in contention. Along the way, she was called everything from flamboyant to outrageous and from unpredictable to bodacious.

American Masters | Pete Seeger: The Power of Song #2101 [TV-PG]
Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, for his views on peace, civil rights, and ecology, folk singer/songwriter Pete Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist-banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Marvin Gaye: What's Going On #2102 [TV-PG]
Brilliant but ultimately self-destructive Motown star Marvin Gaye challenged and changed the face of black music, embodying its evolution from roots in gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues to sophisticated pop and sexually and politically charged soul. This profile includes performance footage and insights from Mary Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and Mos Def.

Closed Captioned American Masters | You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Rising Power: 1923-1937 #2103 [TV-PG]
Four brothers from Youngstown, Ohio officially incorporate their new motion picture company on April 4, 1923, and canine superstar Rin Tin Tin puts the Warners on the map. But the studio's style soon evolves into a unique hard-boiled, hard-times cinema ethos. Tough guys James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson dominate the new gangster genre, tough dame Barbara Stanwyck headlines racy melodramas, and even the chorus kids in the dazzling musicals all seem just one bad break away from the streets.

American Masters | You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - War and Peace: 1937-1949 #2104 [TV-PG]
Warner Bros. becomes home to celebrated stars Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Errol Flynn. As the studio and the world face the twin catastrophes of the Great Depression and World War II, Warner answers with films that reflect a deep and defiant belief in the courage of common people. But after the war, on-screen noir reflects the off-screen anxiety of blacklists and political witch hunts.

American Masters | You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - Age of Anxiety, Era of Extremes: 1950-1979 #2105 [TV-14]
What the Depression, wireless, and war couldn't do, "talking furniture" perhaps can: TV arrives. Warner Bros. fights back with new technology (CinemaScope, 3-D, Eastman Color) and new stars such as Doris Day and James Dean. Then a showdown between Harry and Jack Warner leads to a daring new spirit and breakthrough films like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bonnie and Clyde.

American Masters | You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - Starting Over: 1970-1990 #2106 [TV-14]
What the '60s start, the '70s bring to flower. The film Woodstock signals a new era, while new talent (including Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick) and new management spark a return to taking chances and setting trends. Meanwhile, the tough authenticity of the '30s and '40s is re-imagined in Dog Day Afternoon, All the President's Men, Dirty Harry, and other pivotal hits.

American Masters | You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Living Tradition 1998-2008 #2107 [TV-14]
The 1980s usher in modern moviemaking and marketing. Box-office smashes Superman, Batman, and The Matrix become franchises, and the Harry Potter series enthralls the world. Clint Eastwood creates a succession of Oscar-winning instant classics. And studio collaborations with George Clooney and other new talents pave the way to a future as fabled as the past.

Closed Captioned American Masters | The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation #2108 [TV-PG]
An intimate portrait and epic saga of the four film pioneers who founded and ran the Warner Bros. studio for over 50 years. Narrated by family member Cass Warner Sperling (Harry Warner's granddaughter).

American Masters | Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts #2109 [TV-PG]
An eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished composer Philip Glass.

American Masters | Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About #2201 [TV-PG]
Excerpts from director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage and interviews with many of his colleagues, from both ballet and Broadway.

American Masters | Hollywood Chinese #2202 [TV-PG]
Brings together a group of actors, writers, directors — and iconic film images — to examine how Chinese people have contributed to and been portrayed in films.

American Masters | Neil Young: Don't Be Denied #2203 [TV-PG]
In his own words, Neil Young traces his musical journey, from his rise in the 60s, his solo artist period in the 70s, his 80s embrace of the New Wave and Devo collaboration, and his current pursuit of a more eclectic musical approach.

American Masters | Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes #2204 [TV-PG]
Follows raconteur Garrison Keillor — and his crew of actors, musicians, and technical staff — as he criss-crosses the country, broadcasting, recording, and revealing himself.

American Masters | Trumbo #2205 [TV-PG]
This profile of Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo, who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 and was imprisoned, is adapted from his son Christopher's 2003 play and based on Trumbo's letters.

American Masters | Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound #2206 [TV-PG]
Chronicles the private life and public career of recording artist Joan Baez.

American Masters | Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women #2207 [TV-PG]
The author of Little Women was actually a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive values about women — and the pseudonymous author of 19th-century potboilers.

American Masters | Sam Cooke: Crossing Over #2208 [TV-PG]
Portrait of Sam Cooke, who put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating a new American sound.

American Masters | I.M. Pei: Building China Modern #2301 [TV-G]
Follows noted architect I.M. Pei as he designs a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou in his native China.

American Masters | The Doors: When You're Strange #2302 [TV-14]
The first feature documentary to tell the Doors' story uses only original footage — much of it previously unseen — shot between the group's formation in 1965 and Jim Morrison's death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates.

American Masters | Merle Haggard: Learning To Live with Myself #2303 [TV-PG]
This revealing documentary follows musician Merle Haggard for two years, on tour and at home. Known for his distinctive voice, finger-picking and interpretations, the former prison inmate recently survived major lung surgery and is hitting new artistic and commercial highs. The program includes interviews with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, and Alison Krauss.

American Masters | Cachao: Uno Mas #2304 [TV-PG]
An in-depth celebration of the legendary Father of the Mambo, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, who died March 2008 in Coral Gables, Fla. Cachao's remarkable life from his childhood in Cuba, to his early career in America, to his resurgence in the 1990s, is told through performances and interviews with the maestro himself, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, and many others. Narrated and produced by actor Andy Garcia.

American Masters | A Letter to Elia #2305 [TV-PG]
This is a biography and autobiography — Elia Kazan's life, his sense of himself as an immigrant, as an outsider — and Martin Scorsese's early experiences seeing Kazan's films for the first time — and being forever influenced.

Closed Captioned American Masters | LENNONYC #2306 [TV-PG]
With a prologue narrated by Yoko Ono, this film profiles John Lennon and Ono's years in New York City.

American Masters | Glenn Gould: Genius Within #2307 [TV-PG]
Profiles the enigmatic musical poet who had a revolutionary understanding of the Baroque masters — and a sentimental love for Barbara Streisand and Petula Clark.

American Masters | Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides #2308 [TV-PG]
Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived," this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. Bridges is an exceptional musician, a photographer, an occasional vintner, and a storyteller.

American Masters | Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter #2401 [TV-PG]
A first-hand account of the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centering on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor, as well as on Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles, Elton John, and many others.

American Masters | John Muir in the New World #2402 [TV-G]
Nearly a century after his death, John Muir is remembered and revered as the father of the environmental movement and the founder of the Sierra Club.

American Masters | James Levine: America's Maestro #2403 [TV-G]
To celebrate his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera, conductor James Levine's life and current work are the subject of this documentary that captures the essence of his unparalleled musicianship and his singular teaching and performance style, while looking back at creative milestones since his Met debut in 1971 at the age of 28.

American Masters | Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter #2404 [TV-PG]
From 1941 to 1978, this husband-and-wife team brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training, she was a painter and sculptor. Together they are considered America's most important and influential designers, whose work helped, literally, shape the second half of the 20th century. Learn more about the influence of designers Ray and Charles Eames on significant events and movements in American life - from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age.

American Masters | Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune #2501 [TV-14]
From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s.

American Masters | Cab Calloway: Sketches #2502 [TV-PG]
A singer, dancer, and band leader, Cab Calloway was an exceptional figure in the history of jazz. Calloway was the first black musician to tour the segregationist South, as early as 1932.

American Masters | Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel #2503 [TV-PG]
Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind Gone With the Wind, one of the world's bestselling novels that created two of the world's greatest lovers - Scarlett and Rhett - and was adapted into one of the most popular films of all time.

American Masters | Harper Lee: American Masters #2504 [TV-PG]
Explore the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the mysterious life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. The documentary reveals the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.

American Masters | The Day Carl Sandburg Died #2505 [TV-PG]
For much of the 20th century, Carl Sandburg's name was synonymous with the American experience. This program captures the burgeoning resurgence of interest in the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, journalist, and poet.

American Masters | Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance #2601 [TV-PG]
Tracing the struggles and triumphs of the Joffrey Ballet from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers; the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean, and Margo Sappington; and excerpts from signature works "Astarte," "Trinity," and "Billboards."

American Masters | Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll #2602 [TV-PG]
During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock 'n roll. This flamboyant African American gospel superstar was a natural born performer and rebel. She was a major influence on generations of black and white musicians including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and more.

American Masters | Philip Roth: Unmasked #2603 [TV-PG]
A profile of the American novelist Philip Roth who authored Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint, America Pastoral, and others.

American Masters | Billie Jean King #2604 [TV-PG]
This film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness, and never stopped trying to remedy the situation. King presents her own story with perspective added by Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Elton John, and Bobby Riggs' son.

American Masters | Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love #2605 [TV-PG]
Archives and interviews highlight the storied career of Marvin Hamlisch, the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers and one of the most honored. Hamlisch composed hit after hit including "The Way We Were," "Nobody Does It Better," and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice, and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line.

American Masters | Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth #2606 [TV-PG]
The life of writer/activist Alice Walker, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature is chronicled. Her story is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, and Walker herself.

American Masters | A Fierce Green Fire #2701 [TV-PG]
Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Meryl Streep and other stars narrate this exploration of the environmental movement.

American Masters | Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself #2702 [TV-PG]
The remarkable life of famed participatory journalist George Plimpton: writer, editor, amateur sportsman, actor, and friend to many.

American Masters | Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun #2703 [TV-PG]
Passionate ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq was struck down at the height of her career by polio at age 27. She was the muse of two leading 20th century choreographers - George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

American Masters | Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning #2704 [TV-PG]
Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" remains emblematic of that period.

Closed Captioned American Masters | August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand #2705 [TV-PG]
This program captures the legacy of the man some call America's Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, and others share their stories of bringing August Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage.

Janis Joplin: American Masters #2706 [TV-PG]

American Masters | Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice #2801 [TV-PG]
This film celebrates the art and life of famed American magician, prestidigitator, actor, and magic historian Ricky Jay.

Closed Captioned American Masters | Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler #2802 [TV-PG]
Discover the mysterious violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students, archival performances, and home movies. His story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price.

American Masters | American Ballet Theatre: A History #2803 [TV-PG]
Delve into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with American Ballet Theatre's key figures.

Closed Captioned Mike Nichols: American Masters #2804 [TV-PG]
Meet one of America's legendary directors, who discusses his life and 50-year career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson's War. The program features new interviews with Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, and many others.

Closed Captioned #2805 [TV-PG]
Delve into the hit singer-songwriter's life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of '70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances, and photos complete the tapestry.

Kentucky Programming Loretta Lynn: American Masters #2806 [TV-PG]
From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic Coal Miner's Daughter, country music legend Loretta Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

American Masters | Althea #2901 [TV-PG]
Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

American Masters | Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey #2902 [TV-PG]
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.

Closed Captioned B.B. King: American Masters #2903 [TV-PG]
Explore B.B. King's challenging life and career through candid interviews with the "King of the Blues," filmed shortly before his death, and fellow musicians, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

Closed Captioned Fats Domino: American Masters #2904 [TV-PG]
Discover how Fats Domino's brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock 'n' roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.

B.B. King: American Masters #3001 [TV-PG]

Fats Domino: American Masters #3002 [TV-PG]

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