The American Collection, films to date
Thornton WIlder's Our Town
Esmeralda Santiago's Almost a Woman
James Agee's A Death in the Family
Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart
Willa Cather's Song of the Lark
Henry James's The American
Langston Hughes's Cora Unashamed
The American Collection, the highlight of Masterpiece Theatre's 30th anniversary celebration encompasses films airing on PBS over the course of several years. It is made possible, in part, by the largest single grant ever issued by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($15 million) as well as by ExxonMobil, which sponsored the series for over thirty years.
According to PBS president Pat Mitchell, "... A talented assemblage of international filmmakers is applying ... high standards to seminal works by America's literary masters, including Langston Hughes, Willa Cather, Eudora Welty, and Henry James. It is an ambitious project and one that reflects PBS's commitment to providing the very best dramatic presentations available anywhere on television."
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