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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (#309)

An in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century. [87 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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  • Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (#1505)

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    One of the 20th century's greatest choreographers, Merce Cunningham remains, at age 80, a fountain of creative youth. He continues to bring innovative, brilliant imagination, and new areas of expression to the world of dance. His first concert was in New York City in 1944. His most recent was in 2001. This one-hour film offers viewers exciting retrospective footage and a palpable feel for his now-historic collaborations with Martha Grahm, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, and insight into the creative process itself through intimate footage of Cunningham's daily routines at home, around town and in the studio. [56 minutes]

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  • Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (#1508)

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  • Balanchine - Parts 1 & 2 (#1703)

    Documents this revolutionary choreographer's career and celebrates the themes of his ballets. [116 minutes]

  • Judy Garland: By Myself (#1704)

    Vaulted screen tests, rehearsal footage and Judy's voice, telling her story in her own words. [116 minutes]

  • Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire (#1705)

    AMERICAN MASTERS tells the story of Henry Luce, who co-founded Time, Inc. in 1923 and presided over the company through the 1960s, making an indelible mark on publishing. Visual icons from the archives of Time, Inc. and its unparalleled collection of 20th-century photographs and news footage, along with readings from Time, Inc.'s groundbreaking essays and firsthand accounts from those who knew Luce best, provide insight into his life, work and influence on America. [86 minutes]

  • Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (#1706)

    Rare clips of early performances and interviews with family members of the first country superstar. [56 minutes]

  • Julia! America's Favorite Chef (#1801)

    The chef's life and legacy are fondly remembered and celebrated, with never before seen photos. [56 minutes]

  • James Dean: Sense Memories (#1802)

    Reality and art are seamlessly woven in this story of a cinema figure of iconic dimensions. [56 minutes]

  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart (#1803)

    Elegant. Witty. Stylish. A totally original talent. "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant... even I want to be Cary Grant," he was fond of saying. Born 100 years ago into dismal circumstances in Bristol, England, Archibald Leach got his start touring in vaudeville and eventually arrived in New York in 1920. He walked on stilts at Coney Island and sold neckties on midtown street corners before landing small parts, in route to Hollywood. He hit it big in 1933 as Mae West's leading man in She Done Him Wrong, followed by Sylvia Scarlett and the emergence of his classy on-screen persona - and the invention of that persona off-screen as well. He worked with such directors as George Cukor, Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks in such films as Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, North By Northwest, Notorious, and I Was a Male War Bride and opposite every top Hollywood female star, including Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. He remains one of the most adored actors in film history - whose greatest role was probably himself. [86 minutes]

  • Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (#1804)

    This ensemble of six African American women has raising their voices against injustice for 30 years. [86 minutes]

  • George Stevens: A Filmaker's Journey (#1805)

    In an astonishing filmography - including 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, The Greatest Story Ever Told - George Stevens was director to everyone from Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty. His career began in the early 1920s as a Laurel and Hardy cameraman; he ultimately reigned as one of the most respected directors of all time. Always choosing quality over quantity, there is a timeless power to his work, equally meticulous whether it's the intricate footwork of Fred Astaire or the horrors of World War II - the landing at Normandy, the liberation of Paris, Allied troops arriving at Dachau - the only existing color footage of these events. This eloquent, evocative and entertaining biography of the famed producer-director was made by George Stevens Jr. with all the intimacy and insight of a son and protege, thoroughly exploring George Stevens the filmmaker and lovingly paying tribute to George Stevens the father, who died in 1975. [116 minutes]

  • Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned (#1806)

    The comedian's deadpan and mildly nervous humor still engages the average guy in all of us. [86 minutes]

  • Willa Cather: The Road Is All (#1807)

    Looks at the Pulitzer Prizewinning author's work, while bringing the frontier to life. [86 minutes]

  • Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea (#1808)

    The author's life and work are explored through his written words and the art of his storytelling. [86 minutes]

  • Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Part 1 (#1809)

    Martin Scorsese directs this intimate biography featuring rare footage, performances & interviews. [116 minutes]

  • Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Part 2 (#1810)

    Martin Scorsese directs this intimate biography of Bob Dylan featuring interviews and performances. [106 minutes]

  • John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend (#1901)

    Explore their friendship and their remarkable professional collaboration, which spanned 50 years. [86 minutes]

  • The World of Nat King Cole (#1902)

    Explore the musical pioneer's universal appeal and towering achievements during his 30-year career. [56 minutes]

  • Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home (#1903)

    Woody Guthrie gave voice to millions of downtrodden citizens by blending words, music and populism. [86 minutes]

  • Marilyn Monroe: Still Life (#1904)

    A look at her chaotic life and how she cultivated her own image, evoking desire and vulnerability. [56 minutes]

  • Walter Cronkite: Witness to History (#1905)

    He hit the sands at Normandy and covered the trials at Nuremburg. He shed tears over JFK's assassination, took us to the moon, deemed Vietnam a stalemate and - steadfastly adhering to his credo of fast, accurate and unbiased news reporting - became the most trusted figure in American public life. Narrated by Katie Couric, this documentary explores Walter Cronkite's life and career. [86 minutes]

  • Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film - Part 1 (#1906)

    Explore his astonishing and diverse artistic output, from the late 1940s to his death in 1987. [116 minutes]

  • Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film - Part 2 (#1907)

    Explore his astonishing and diverse artistic output, from the late 1940s to his death in 1987. [116 minutes]

  • Sketches of Frank Gehry (#1908)

    Director Sidney Pollack captures the shy, creative architect and illuminates his innovative process. [86 minutes]

  • Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens (#1909)

    America's most influential woman photographer bares her artistic process and personal journey. [86 minutes]

  • Atlantic Records: The House that Ahmet Built (#2001)

    Explore the life & career of the man single-handedly influenced the direction of contemporary music. [116 minutes]

  • Les Paul: Chasing Sound (#2002)

    The rock'n'roll pioneer and innovative musical mastermind still tinkers and performs at age 92. [86 minutes]

  • David Hockney: The Colors of Music (#2003)

    The influential artist and passionate music lover is now going deaf at the height of his craft. [56 minutes]

  • John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (#2004)

    Publishing "The Birds of America," a collection of 435 life-size prints, became Audubon's passion. [56 minutes]

  • Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (#2005)

    Explore the life of this musical icon at home and on the stage, with interviews from close friends. [86 minutes]

  • Orozco: Man of Fire (#2006)

    Examines the life and career of the Mexican muralist who had a profound impact on American Artists. [56 minutes]

  • Good Ol' Charles Schulz (#2007)

    The story of an unassuming man who redefined the comic art form, always with love and tolerance. [86 minutes]

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  • Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (#2008)

    Examine her career, difficult childhood and the dramatic turn that followed her TV variety show. [86 minutes]

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  • Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (#2009)

    This uniquely successful writer was one of the most controversial figure of the Harlem Renaissance. [86 minutes]

  • Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (#2101)

    Everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks help tell the story of the folk artist's experiences. [95 minutes]

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  • Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (#2102)

    The Motown star created his own intimate style, but his glamorous career was tainted by torment. [56 minutes]

  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Rising Power: 1923-1949 (#2103)

    The four brothers who founded the movie studio in 1923 and its early films and stars are explored. [116 minutes]

  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - War and Peace: 1937-1949 (#2104)

    Warner Bros. becomes home to celebrated stars Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and more. The studio -- like the world -- faces the twin catastrophes of the 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. Key interviews: James Cagney, Ronald Reagan, Howard Hawks and Alexis Smith. Key films: Casablanca, Now, Voyager, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Kings Row and White Heat. [56 minutes]

  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - Age of Anxiety, Era of Extremes: 1950-1979 (#2105)

    Warren Beatty and other industry insiders discuss the movie studio's history and its best films. [116 minutes]

  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - Starting Over: 1970-1990 (#2106)

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson discuss key films of the 1970's. [56 minutes]

  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Living Tradition 1998-2008 (#2107)

    A look at the legacy of Warner Bros. features Clint Eastwood, George Clooney and great movie clips. [56 minutes]

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  • The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation (#2108)

    An intimate look at the four brothers who founded and ran the movie studio during its first decades. [56 minutes]

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  • Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (#2109)

    An eventful year in the career and personal life of the distinguished composer Philip Glass. [116 minutes]

  • Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (#2201)

    The great ballet choreographer of the Broadway musicals "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" is profiled. [116 minutes]

  • Hollywood Chinese (#2202)

    Examines how Chinese people have contributed to and been portrayed in the American film industry. [86 minutes]

  • Neil Young: Don't Be Denied (#2203)

    Young's musical journey is traced in his own words, featuring performance footage from his archives. [56 minutes]

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  • Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes (#2204)

    Explore the imagination of the man who created "A Prairie Home Companion," the popular radio show. [86 minutes]

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  • Trumbo (#2205)

    A look at the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who blacklisted during the Red Scare. [86 minutes]

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  • Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound (#2206)

    Performance clips highlight the story of the pacifist and folk-singer as told from her perspective. [86 minutes]

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  • Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (#2207)

    A look at the author of "Little Women" reveals she was a free thinker with a literary double life. [86 minutes]

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  • Sam Cooke: Crossing Over (#2208)

    Cooke's blend of gospel and pop altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. [56 minutes]

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  • I.M. Pei: Building China Modern (#2301)

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  • The Doors: When You're Strange (#2302)

    Johnny Depp narrates a look at one of America's most iconic rock bands, featuring original footage. [86 minutes]

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  • Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself (#2303)

    A revealing look at the life of the country music singer, guitarist and wandering troubadour. [86 minutes]

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  • Cachao: Uno Mas (#2304)

    A look at the late Afro-Cuban bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez centers on concert at Bimbo's 365 Club. [86 minutes]

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  • A Letter to Elia (#2305)

    A look at "On the Waterfront" director Elia Kazan reflects on the days of the Hollywood Blacklist. [86 minutes]

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  • LENNONYC (#2306)

    Concert footage and conversations with close friends establish John Lennon as an American artist. [116 minutes]

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  • Glenn Gould: Genius Within (#2307)

    A close look at the reclusive musician who had revolutionary understanding of the Baroque masters. [116 minutes]

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  • Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides (#2308)

    Sheds light on life and craft the Oscar-winning actor and star of Crazy Heart and The Big Lebowski. [86 minutes]

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  • Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (#2401)

    The unique voices of Taylor and King chronicle this group of introspective singer/songwriters. [86 minutes]

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  • John Muir in the New World (#2402)

    A century after his death, John Muir is remembered as the father of the environmental movement. [86 minutes]

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  • James Levine: America's Maestro (#2403)

    A revealing portrait of the conductor's life and work captures the essence of his musicianship. [56 minutes]

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  • Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter (#2404)

    Ray and Charles Eames are remembered for mid-century modern furniture built from novel materials. [86 minutes]

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  • Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (#2501)

    From civil rights to the anti-war movement, this folksinger wrote about issues in the 1960s and 70s. [86 minutes]

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  • Cab Calloway: Sketches (#2502)

    The singer was at the top of his game in the jazz and swing era and was rediscovered in the 1980s. [56 minutes]

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  • Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel (#2503)

    Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind the bestselling novel "Gone With the Wind." [56 minutes]

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  • Harper Lee: Hey Boo (#2504)

    Explore the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the mysterious life of its author. [86 minutes]

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  • The Day Carl Sandburg Died (#2505)

    Captures the resurgence of interest in the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, journalist and poet. [86 minutes]

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  • Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (#2601)

    A look at the company that revolutionized American ballet features excerpts from seminal dances. [86 minutes]

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  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (#2602)

    This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar was a natural-born performer and a rebel. [56 minutes]

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  • Philip Roth: Unmasked (#2603)

    The American novelist who authored "Portnoy's Complaint" and "American Pastoral" is profiled. [86 minutes]

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  • Billie Jean King (#2604)

    The professional tennis star who fought for equality on and off the court presents her own story. [86 minutes]

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  • Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (#2605)

    Archives and interviews highlight the career of the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers. [86 minutes]

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  • Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (#2606)

    The life of the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature is chronicled. [86 minutes]

  • A Fierce Green Fire (#2701)

    Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and other stars narrate this exploration of the environmental movement. [56 minutes]

  • Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (#2702)

    The life of legendary writer, actor, journalist and risk-taker George Plimpton is showcased. [86 minutes]

  • Tanaquil LeClercq: Afternoon of a Faun (#2703)

    The passionate ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq was paralyzed at the height of her career by polio. [86 minutes]

  • Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning (#2704)

    The documentary photographer known for her powerful images from the Great Depression is profiled. [116 minutes]

  • Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice (#2801)

    [56 minutes]

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