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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Airs Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 8pm EST on PBS 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 […]
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.
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 […]
Warner Bros. has always been Hollywood’s darkest studio. In these exclusive segments from the program you’ll find out why.
The Brothers Warner, an AMERICAN MASTERS presentation premiering nationally Thursday, September 25, 2008 on PBS (check local listings), is an intimate portrait and epic saga of the four film pioneers who founded and ran the Warner Bros. studio for over 50 years. Narrated by family member Cass Warner Sperling (Harry Warner’s granddaughter), the 60-minute film […]