A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

Martin Scorsese pays tribute to the life and work of film director Elia Kazan. Composed of clips, stills, readings from Kazan’s autobiography and his speech on directing, a videotaped interview done late in Kazan’s life, and Scorsese’s commentary, the film looks at the life of art and its creation,

Premiered October 4, 2010

Cachao: Uno Más

American Masters’ bilingual film, Cachao: Uno Mas, features the Grammy-winning bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez, who died in March 2008, almost 90-years old. A maestro of legendary status and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, he had made his home in the United States for the past four decades.

Premiered September 20, 2010

Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself

American Masters’ documentary about the country music legend Merle Haggard, often called “the poet of the common man,” features interviews with comrades and fellow musicians including Robert Duvall, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards, Tanya Tucker, and Dwight Yoakam. The people with whom he was raised – his juvenile delinquency and incarcerations – still inform his creativity.

Premiered July 21, 2010

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern captures Pei as he forges an architectural language that brings together Western modernity and Eastern tradition into a current synthesis. After decades of living in the U.S. and unprecedented international acclaim, Pei returns as a foreigner to his birth country to give a new direction for Chinese architecture in which history can live in the midst of change.