June 3rd, 2013
Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter
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From 1941 to 1978, this husband-and-wife team brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training, she was a painter and sculptor. Together they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work helped, literally, shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. They are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum – offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, Charles and Ray have risen to iconic status in American culture. But their influence on significant events and movements in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Charles and Ray Eames are now profiled as part of American Masters. A film by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey. Narrated by James Franco.

  • ross

    I support PBS from Canada, but I cannot watch this American Masters video. That sucks.

  • John Moses

    What was the name of the book on Eames that was referred to in the program last night? It was about Ray and Charles Eames and cost $29.95?

  • TBusch

    It is a fascinating story and I was completely drawn in by the Eames as well as the stories of their amazing design team.

    Keep the stories coming American Masters, brilliant.

  • Jeff

    Sadly I missed the Eames documentary on Monday night – when will PBS (specifically KPBS San Diego) be rebroadcasting the film? Thank you!

  • russel

    Great story. Its hard for me to make it through a full length documentary, But the filmmakers did such a great job.
    I could not stop watching. I have seen many of the top docs this year and this is so much better ( Including sundance
    and oscar selections) . in related story I grew up in a house with many of those chairs and never gave it any thought.
    after seeing this doc I wanted to go out build a chair!..
    thanks rg

  • Harvey

    …saddly I cannot appreciate this film as I’m trying to watch it from London……due to rights restrictions……definately not in the spirit of the Eames!

  • Billy Congo

    Didn’t PBS used to be known for not showing commercials?

  • carolyn

    i too am sad that i am unable to view this documentary simply because i am trying to stream from australia.

  • ctb

    won’t play for me either – very sad about the fact that PBS isn’t accessible in many ways now – not everyone has widescreen HDTVs or brand new computers or iPads

  • Dave

    Thanks PBS for consistently doing work on the variety of subject matters that you do. This one is of a special place in my heart. Well done and thank you for posting it for free so all can see when…possible.

    A well done documentary on a wonderful design team.

  • David

    I realise that as I am trying to watch this from the UK I am not in the area that PBS serves – however, I would really like to see this and other PBS films and entreat PBS to find a way of finding a way of making they available on a paid basis, as the BBC does with its worldwide version of iPlayer.

  • Wade

    Why no closed captioning?

  • Sandra

    PBS, how can you accept our Canadian donations and restrict our online access? I wanted to watch this amazing story again. How can I get the full length video?

  • Erik

    @David, yes, I agree – European viewers are interested as well!

  • Chris

    By restricting access for US viewers only, you basically are forcing me to search for it on torrent sites (with not much luck, I suppose), whereas you could earn some money selling a download version in HD.

  • Fábio

    @carolyn Same in Portugal. Why?

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Chris -

    American Masters and PBS does not hold the rights to distribute this program internationally, and while we love all your suggestions to offer HD downloads on a pay per view basis via the web for our international audience, we are not authorized to do so with the films we broadcast. The filmmakers are releasing the film worldwide in the coming months and viewers in Canada, Europe and elsewhere will have multiple options to watch the film via broadcast, streaming, download and DVD. Please visit the Eames: The Architect and the Painter Facebook fan page for updates https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eames-The-Architect-and-the-Painter/159246434157649

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Sandra -

    American Masters and PBS does not hold the rights to distribute this program internationally. The filmmakers are releasing the film worldwide in the coming months and viewers in Canada, Europe and elsewhere will have multiple options to watch the film via broadcast, streaming, download and DVD. Please visit the Eames: The Architect and the Painter Facebook fan page for updates https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eames-The-Architect-and-the-Painter/159246434157649

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi David -

    American Masters and PBS does not hold the rights to distribute this program internationally, and while we love all your suggestions to offer HD downloads on a pay per view basis via the web for our international audience, we are not authorized to do so with the films we broadcast. The filmmakers are releasing the film worldwide in the coming months and viewers in Canada, Europe and elsewhere will have multiple options to watch the film via broadcast, streaming, download and DVD. Please visit the Eames: The Architect and the Painter Facebook fan page for updates https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eames-The-Architect-and-the-Painter/159246434157649

  • julie wavrick

    I live in Paris France and I am so sorry not to be able to watch the documentary on The Eames.
    I hope that the project to allow Europeans to watch it will be updated soon.

  • Brett Collinson

    Not much fun when you can’t watch it on your iPad or Apple TV. Please no more Flash video players.

  • Lorena Torres

    I also wasn’t able to watch it from Guatemala. Even iTunes opened their copy rights restrictions….

  • Alan Colley

    Thanks to Herman Miller for posting this documentary on their web site! What a treat! Perhaps some of you who could not see it via the PBS channels could find it there.

    For me it was like visiting my life in and around Charles’, Ray’s and the Venice office team’s work. So many of the folks interviewed from Ralph Caplan to Eames Demetrios are people I know, but haven’t seen or talked with in years! Hearing them speak, and especially hearing the voices of Charles and Ray which I remember so well, brought back memories and, oh yeah, tears of recognition. It also re-ignited some long forgotten sensibilities about seeing and being that I learned from my association with them while I was working for Herman Miller. Kudos to you all..!!

  • Scott wood

    I live in the United States and cannot watch because it is in flash format and I only have internet access via cell phone. Flash players are quite frustrating.

  • Jenifer

    What? No closed captioning or subtitles?

  • mark

    Viewing page with android tablet with flash enabled but just a black rectangle. Other sites loading flash OK. Frustrating

  • jamie

    Goodness. I understand that people are frustrated but show PBS some love, please! Thank you for making this available for us to watch. I haven’t watched it yet but I really look forward to immersing myself in the Eames’ world!

  • Roberta

    Too bad, can’t watch from Canada.

  • Evan

    Another American who can’t watch quality programing due to copyright restrictions. I’m a US service member living in Europe. It would have been nice to watch something educational and enlightening. I guess I’ll just catch another episode of Glee on the Armed Forces Network.

  • Emelusky

    Where are the captions? The FCC says that if you had captions on TV they have to be seen on any other media you show it on . Except print .

  • Nathasha clarksom

    Love this post

  • John Mills-Cockell

    What reason can there be that we in Canada (I’m in BC) cannot share your on line documentary films? It is the only means we have to see them. It’s difficult to imagine how we are infringing anyone’s IP rights. I saw this film on PBS television and now wish to share it with others her who do not receive PBS’ tv signal.

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