Woody Allen: A Documentary

When Woody Met Diane

See what happened when Woody Allen first met Diane Keaton and learn what they both first thought of each other. Woody Allen: A Documentary premiered nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Jamyl’s Jump

Jamyl Dobson, the actor in the production, describes how he adapted to Jones’s physically-demanding staging, as well as how his experience with voice helped the dancers approach their speaking roles. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS […]

Woody Allen: A Documentary

About the Film

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres […]

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with filmmaker Gail Levin

Levin discusses what it was like working with the legendary Jeff Bridges for American Masters’ Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an actor whose appeal, she points out, spans the generations. “I was surprised to learn that what seems to be an easygoing guy is kind of a guy who frets a bit. He appears to be so easy and “dude-ish” in a way, but he’s not that laid back. He’s not uptight, be he’s intense and he thinks about things…”

Lena Horne: In Her Own Words

About the Performer

Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) American Masters — Lena Horne: In My Own Voice was broadcast in 1996. The following biography described the career and activism​ of the multi-faceted entertainer at the time the film premiered. Even in her eighties, the legendary Lena Horne has a quality of timelessness about her. […]

Paul Robeson: The Renaissance Man

About the Actor

Paul Robeson was the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. His talents made him a revered man of his time, yet his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history. Today, more than one hundred years after his birth, Robeson […]

John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend

Filmmaker Interview: Sam Pollard

Director Sam Pollard remembers the first John Ford/John Wayne film he ever saw: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, which he watched in 1962 at a theater in Harlem along with his brother, sister, and uncle Sammie. “What stands out in my mind is the Paramount logo, the music, and Lee Marvin’s first words in […]

John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend

Career Timeline

John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend

Pappy and the Duke

by Ken Bowser John Ford and John Wayne — a friendship and professional collaboration that spanned 50 years, changed each others’ lives, changed the movies, and in the process, changed the way America saw itself. It was a relationship that reflected all the elements and all the paradoxes of 20th century America — generosity of […]