In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents – from his annual ride on the Coney Island “Cyclone” to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. The result: GLASS: A Portrait of Philip Glass in Twelve Parts.
The work of the American dance pioneer and choreographer who brought ballet techniques to the Broadway stage in shows like West Side Story.
Clint Eastwood narrates the history of Warner Bros. The five-part film opens with “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet (1923-35),” about the studio’s first years, when its biggest star was Rin Tin Tin. Also remembered is its move into gritty fare, featuring James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck, and its musicals. Included are interviews with Busby Berkeley, Alfred Hitchcock, Robinson and William Wellman.
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On is an in-depth profile of the talented but troubled star who brought more contemporary issues to soul music.
The career of funny woman Carol Burnett, from Broadway to television stardom.