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Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby Biography

He referred to himself as "an average guy who could carry a tune," but Bing Crosby was a star and force behind music, film, and broadcasting in the 20th century.

Nov 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Collaborative Filmmaking with Two Directors

Luke Poling and Tom Bean talk about collaborative documentary filmmaking, from archival research to editing. Poling and Bean are co-directors, co-writers and co-producers of Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself.

Apr 10th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Mel Brooks - American Master Mel Brooks Talks about Friend and Mentor Sid Caesar

Comedic legend Sid Caesar passed away February 12, 2014 at the age of 91. Caesar was a friend and mentor to Mel Brooks and the two worked together through much of Brooks’ early career. See Brooks talk about Caesar’s genius for comedy in this film excerpt from American Masters Mel Brooks: Make A Noise.

Feb 13th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Watch film and chat with filmmakers Karen Thorsen and Douglas K. Dempsey; AFROPUNK; and activist Kenyon Farrow, Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

Feb 9th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Alice Walker - #SheDocs Online Film Festival Kicks Off With Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

American Masters, in partnership with Women and Girls Lead, presents the special online social screening of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, as part of the official launch of the #SheDocs online film festival.

Feb 9th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Alice Walker - Interview with Film Director Pratibha Parmar

Parmar talks about Walker's literary canon, the challenge of visual storytelling when the topic is literature, and what Parmar wanted to achieve, both artistically and as a record of Walker's contributions to women's history.

Feb 6th, 2014 | 0 comments

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JD Salinger - Six Degrees of Salinger

Playing fast and loose with the Six Degrees of Separation game, American Masters looks at its archives to see what the great American writer J.D. Salinger has in common with the lives and careers of 11 other American Masters.

Jan 16th, 2014 | 0 comments

Mel Brooks - Spaceballs: The Art of the Trope (or, making the cliché absurd)

What came first: the Mel Brooks movie or the cliché? The classic Hollywood Sci-Fi spaceship always gets gratuitous screentime from every camera angle. Mel Brooks’s Hollywood spaceship appears in a continuous one minute and 40 second scene detailing its ridiculous length.

Jun 2nd, 2013 | 0 comments

Mel Brooks - Young Frankenstein: The Art of the Homage (or, to spoof with accuracy)

For Mel Brooks the spoofing is in the details. The classic Hollywood Horror film is always black-and-white and includes scene transitions like iris outs, wipes and fades to black. Mel Brooks’s Hollywood Horror is no different. He even tracks down the original equipment from the mad doctor’s lab first used in the 1931 Frankenstein film.

Jun 2nd, 2013 | 3 comments
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