The premiere of the blockbuster movie Gone With the Wind took place in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. With crowds swelling to the hundreds of thousands, it was apparent the South had been waiting a long time for this moment. For many, Margaret Mitchell’s story of survival helped to redeem the South from decades of […]
Art historian Judith Wechsler tells a story about the time Charles Eames threw out one of her scripts and taught her a valuable lesson in the process. Narrated by James Franco, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.