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American Masters

American Masters: 1980s Highlights


Created and launched in 1986 by Executive Producer Susan Lacy, the American Masters series set the standard for documentary film profiles. Among its first films in the 1980s were "George Gershwin Remembered," "Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul," and "James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket." On January 21, 2014, American Masters premieres its 200th episode: "Salinger," by Shane Salerno.

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Mike Nichols: American Masters

The late, great director (The Graduate, Angels in America) discusses his 50-year career.


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The Women's List

Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Greenfield-Sanders’ new film.


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Mike Nichols and "The Graduate"

Mike Nichols won an Academy Award for directing "The Graduate," his second film.


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Mike Nichols' Laugh

Stars of theater and film remember Mike Nichols' famous, uncontrollable laughter.


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Carole King: Natural Woman - Trailer

King tells her story in a new documentary with previously unseen and rare performances.


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