Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (Apr. 26, 1785 – Jan. 27, 1851) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska.
The story of an internationally renowned production and set designer for the greatest opera houses in the world, a music lover who is going deaf.
The musical career and startling technical innovations of a 20th-century guitar and sound recording master, Les Paul.
How Ahmet Ertegun built a recording industry empire in the decades after World War II.
Literary scholars and authors to examine the characters, plots, and themes of seven American novels that deal with wealth, poverty, and the nature of success and failure. Passages from each book are dramatized through animated still photography intercut with original and archival footage.
Frank Gehry loves to sketch. It is the beginning of his architectural process. From Gehry’s sketches flow the models, one after another, each a refinement, that will eventually become finished buildings unlike any others in the architectural world. It is this sketch quality, what he calls the “tentativeness, the messiness,” that Gehry clings to as a way of guarding against formula or repetition. And it is this sketch quality that Sydney Pollack was so keen to explore in this film.