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Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

Director’s Statement by Nancy Buirski

By Nancy Buirski Artistic Inspiration American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun illuminates the exceptional qualities of “Tanny” in life and in dance. It portrays her artistic triumph and her personal tragedy. Through her own words and through the people who knew and loved her, our film captures her love of dance, […]

Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

Biography and Photos of Tanaquil Le Clercq

Born in Paris, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929 – 2000) was the daughter of a French intellectual and a society matron from St. Louis, MO. When Tanny was three, they moved to New York where her father Jacques Le Clercq taught romance languages. Tanny began ballet training in New York at age five, studying with Mikhail […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton Trading Cards

American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards (see Billie Jean King for the first). Writer and journalist George Plimpton (1927-2003) lived many adventures, pushing the boundaries of his life, which could have likely hovered at a desk, fed only by imagination. Whether in sports, entertainment or […]

A Fierce Green Fire

Timeline of Environmental Movement and History

This timeline of key moments in environmental history and the environmental movement is adapted from Tom Turner’s chronology for American Earth, an anthology edited by Bill McKibben. The timeline¬†includes important early writing, the first conservation groups, disasters, legislation, community and non-profit activism, and more. Early Environmental Writing and Advocacy Seminal works that serve as milestones […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Collaborative Filmmaking with Two Directors

Luke Poling and Tom Bean talk about their interest in their subject, George Plimpton, and about the process of 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. About the Directors Tom Bean has worked in many capacities on documentary and […]

A Fierce Green Fire

Map of the Environmental Movement’s Hot Spots

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire premieres on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS. Follow the film’s stories in this interactive map of the environmental movement’s hot spots of activism and urgency in the 20th century.