Milos Forman: Portrait

Czechoslovakian-born filmmaker Milos Forman has combined a unique sensitivity to American themes with the best of European cinematic sensibilities. His films include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), and Amadeus (1983). Amadeus garnered eight Academy Awards.

Premiered December 20, 1989

Mort Sahl: Shaping Laughter

In his trademark V-neck sweater, with the day’s newspaper tucked under his arm, Mort Sahl has satirized — and entertained — presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton. In August of 1960, TIME magazine pictured Sahl on its cover and called him “the patriarch of a new school of comedians,” including in that group such stand-up legends as Lenny Bruce and Jonathan Winters. The year before, Sahl was hired to contribute jokes to John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign speeches, but once Kennedy was in office, Sahl returned to his policy of making jokes about the incumbent.

Premiered September 18, 1989