Dalton Trumbo’s HUAC Testimony

This footage, captured on October 28th, 1947, shows Trumbo appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Leaving Hollywood for Broadway

Marvin Hamlisch earned recognition early in his Hollywood career, and in a big way: He won three Oscars in one evening for his music for the films The Sting and The Way We Were. The native New Yorker was pleased with the work he was doing, but Broadway, his first love, beckoned. His next project […]

A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

About Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan the director bravely and artfully confronted some of the more pressing social issues of his time: topics such as class division, bigotry and corruption. Read an essay on the life and career of this Hollywood icon.

Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones

Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Kent Jones discuss the creative process while creating A Letter to Elia, their a deeply personal film on Kazan, both a frank portrait and self-portrait.

A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

Film Synopsis

For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of Eden as a young man was a life-changing experience. Scorsese appears on and off camera throughout A Letter to Elia, taking us through Kazan’s life and through his own as well, and through his growing realization that there was an […]


About the Film

American Masters: Trumbo is adapted from his son Christopher’s 2003 play and based on the remarkable letters Dalton Trumbo wrote during the devastation wrought by the ‘Red Scare’ in mid-20th century. With credits for Kitty Foyle and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo to his name – and the anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun – the […]

Hollywood Chinese

Interview Outtakes

Watch interview outtakes from the film, including Writer Amy Tan on Orientalism in films, director Ang Lee on the success of the Kung Fu genre, actor Nancy Kwan on meeting Fred Astaire on the set of “Flower Drum Song”, and more. Outtakes courtesy DeepFocus Productions, Inc. and Hollywood Chinese the film.

Hollywood Chinese


From the sexed-up Suzie Wong to the kung fu fighting Bruce Lee, American Masters tackles issues of race and representation in Hollywood Chinese. The 90-minute film illuminates a century of Chinese American cinematic history, from rare silent classics such as Marion Wong’s The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916) to the contemporary critical and commercial success […]

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

From the Silent Era to Franchise Films

Warner Bros. has always been Hollywood’s darkest studio. In these exclusive segments from the program you’ll find out why.