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.
Marilyn Monroe: Still Life, by director Gail Levin, explores Monroe as the icon of the 20th century via photography, which was perhaps, her greatest "love affair."
Every American who has listened to the radio knows Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." Originally blowing out of the Dust Bowl in Depression-era America, the the folk singer/songwriter blended vernacular, rural music and populism to give voice to millions of downtrodden citizens. Guthrie's music was politically leftist, uniquely patriotic and always inspirational.
Archival performances, home movies and interviews illustrate the singer's achievements during a 30-year music and television career.
Filmmaker John Ford's last silent feature Hangman's House (1928) is notable as one of the first credited screen appearances by John Wayne. Wayne was Ford's protege and after his star-making role in Stagecoach, he would appear in 23 more of Ford's films.