Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval

Filmmaker Interview – Susan Lacy

Rod Serling earned a reputation as a creative force and a writer with a social conscience well before he launched The Twilight Zone. But it is for that immortal chapter in television history that he will continue to be most remembered. In the first comprehensive television biography of Serling, producer-director Susan Lacy sought to evoke […]

Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval

About Rod Serling

Known primarily for his role as the host of television’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Rod Serling had one of the most exceptional and varied careers in television. As a writer, a producer, and for many years a teacher, Serling challenged the medium of television to reach for loftier artistic goals. The winner of more Emmy Awards […]

Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer

About Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer was one of the great storytellers of the twentieth century. His writing is a unique blend of religious morality and social awareness combined with an investigation of personal desires. Though his work often took the form of parables or tales based on a nineteenth century tradition, he was deeply concerned with the […]

Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory

About Katherine Anne Porter

When Katherine Anne Porter left her home state of Texas for New York, she brought with her the hard edge of a Western pioneer. Passionate and intelligent, it was this edge more than anything that made her name as a writer. Despite her self-imposed exile from her home and Southern background, Porter used this distance […]

Mailer On Mailer

A Brief History of Norman Mailer

by J. Michael Lennon, Professor of English, Wilkes University Among our major living writers, Norman Mailer is perhaps the most well-known, both in the United States and internationally. No career in our literature has been at once so brilliant, varied, controversial, public, prolific and misunderstood. Few American writers have had their careers on the anvil […]

Mailer On Mailer

Filmmaker Interview – Tamar Hacker and Christine Le Goff

American Masters’ “Norman Mailer: Mailer on Mailer” is a co-production with Reciprocal Films and Films d’Ici in France. The program was originally produced for French television as three, one-hour programs and broadcast on successive nights. Below is a discussion between Tamar Hacker, Sr. Producer for the American Masters series, and Christine Le Goff of Films […]

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

About Sidney Poitier

More than an actor (and Academy-Award winner), Sidney Poitier is an artist. A writer and director, a thinker and critic, a humanitarian and diplomat, his presence as a cultural icon has long been one of protest and humanity. His career defined and documented the modern history of blacks in American film, and his depiction of […]

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

Filmmaker Interview – Lee Grant

Lee Grant, Director of AMERICAN MASTERS SIDNEY POITIER: ONE BRIGHT LIGHT, acted with Poitier at the pinnacle of his popularity, in 1969’s groundbreaking film IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Grant: “The performances in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT went way beyond the screenplay. Sidney and Rod Steiger found a chemistry in each other […]

Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of The American Stage

About Tennessee Williams

He was brilliant and prolific, breathing life and passion into such memorable characters as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski in his critically acclaimed A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. And like them, he was troubled and self-destructive, an abuser of alcohol and drugs. He was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential […]