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Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 4, 2009

PBS Premiere: August 5, 2008


In this classic 1969 documentary, the Man in Black is captured at his peak, the first of many in a looming roller-coaster career. Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. Director Robert Elfstrom got closer than any other filmmaker to Cash, who is seen performing with his new bride June Carter Cash, in a rare duet with Bob Dylan, and behind the scenes with friends, family and aspiring young musicians. Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music paints an unforgettable portrait that endures beyond the singer's 2003 death.

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Film Information

Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 5, 2008

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 2009

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Filmmaker: Robert Elfstrom Bio | Interview

Press: Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Robert Elfstrom
Robert Elfstrom

In the middle of the song, both John and Bob [Dylan] forgot the lyrics. So the recording session stopped while people scampered around the Columbia Records building trying to find the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song.”

— Robert Elfstrom, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Robert Elfstrom’s magnificent 1969 documentary Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music ranks among the most comprehensive and effective cinematic presentations of the late Cash’s persona and impact.”

&mdash Ron Wynn
Nashville City Paper

Elfstrom’s film is a book of quiet revelations.”

— Matt Zoller Seitz
Time Out New York

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