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 […]
Exclusive interviews with Warner Bros. directors, producers, and executives not included in the film.
Their only bankable movie star was the four-legged hero Rin Tin Tin. But in April 1923, four visionary brothers from Youngstown, Ohio officially incorporated their new motion picture company, which would eventually grow into the media empire Warner Bros. By the end of the decade, Warner Bros. hit it big with the sound of The […]
Richard Schickel, director of “You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story,” discusses the making of the film.
July 25th 1958 was an especially hot day. I was called into the office of the summer camp I was attending for a call from my father. As I stood listening to the news of my Grandpa Harry’s passing a thud happened in my universe. I could feel myself grabbing for fond memories that were […]
Q: What first got you interested in doing a film on the Warner brothers? A: Several reasons: My grandfather, Harry Warner, was very much around the first 10 years of my life as we spent almost every weekend on his ranch just out side of Los Angeles. He was very much a family man and […]
AMERICAN MASTERS Online presents an extended interview with “Gene Kelly” filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg. Q: What made you interested in doing a film on Gene Kelly? A: My other career is as a photographer, and I pitched a Gene Kelly story to the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE in 1994. It was a fashion story — an […]
I didn’t want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets. –Gene Kelly Timeless, effortless, elegant and indelible as the 50th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain approaches, Gene Kelly’s body of work still thrives and […]
by A. Scott Berg Sam Goldwyn’s name is synonymous with the American movie from its beginnings through its golden age. Goldwyn’s story is a pioneer story, a folk story, a movie fantasy that came true; it is a story about creativity, ambition, money, drive … about a time in America when there was a pot […]