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American Masters Pictures

Works: 22 works in 53 publications in 1 language and 5,207 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Biographical films  Nonfiction television programs  Biographical television programs  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  History  Interviews 
Classifications: PS3563.O8749, B
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Most widely held works by American Masters Pictures
Toni Morrison : the pieces I am( Visual )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the ... storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her chilhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room - Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature"--
Bombshell by Alexandra Dean( Visual )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and '40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII
Edgar A. Poe : buried alive( Visual )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edgar Allan Poe: buried alive draws on the rich palette of Poe's evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. Featuring Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare, the film explores the misrepresentations of Poe as an alcoholic madman. It reveals the way in which Poe tapped into what it means to be a human in the modern and sometimes frightening world
This is Bob Hope( Visual )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: Vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song and personal appearances, including hosting the Academy Awards a record 19 times and his annual USO Christmas military tours
Itzhak( Visual )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Itzhak Perlman's violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick's film looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, it is a portrait of musical virtuosity enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love
Wyeth : the life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of one of America's most popular, but least understood, artists. While his exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work. Through unprecedented access to family members, archival materials, and his work, this program presents the most complete portrait of the artist, bearing witness to a legacy just at the moment it is evolving
Garry Winogrand : all things are photographable( Visual )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles
Ted Williams : "the greatest hitter who ever lived"( Visual )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex and entertaining portrait of Ted Williams who was as obsessive as he was talented, the documentary reveals his complicated relationships with family and friends and explores the impact he has had on the current generation of MLB stars. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto. Narrated by Jon Hamm
James Beard : America's first foodie( Visual )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experience a century of food through the life of James Beard, who spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry
Norman Lear : just another version of you( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Largely responsible for bold American television in the 1970s, Norman Lear's name is synonymous with the sitcom. From his childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude) and social activism, Lear proved social change was possible through an unlikely prism "laughter" and created some of the greatest moments in television history
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin( Visual )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin ... Produced with Le Guin's participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer's career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way"--Back of container
Jacques Pépin : the art of craft( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pépin (b. December 18, 1935), a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an early food icon-joining James Beard and Julia Child among the handful of Americans who transformed the way the country views the food world
Tyrus : the Tyrus Wong story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, best known for his animation work on Disney's Bambi and his motion picture production art during the heyday of the Hollywood studios. Focuses on the racism he experienced during his career and in his private life, focusing on the treatment of Asian Americans during World War II
Raúl Juliá : the world's a stage( Visual )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and career of the inspiring actor and entertainer, Raul Julia
N. Scott Momaday by N. Scott Momaday( Visual )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words from a Bear gives a thorough survey of Momaday's most prolific years as a doctorate fellow at Stanford University, his achievement of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1969, and his later works that solidified his place as the founding member of the 'Native American Renaissance' in art and literature, influencing a generation of Native American artists, scholars, and political activists
Miles Davis : birth of the cool( Visual )

6 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the legendary trumpeter, bandleader, innovator, and trend-setter who crossed musical genres and whose life was notable on and off stage. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, it features Davis's music from live performances, studio recordings, outtakes, and interviews with those who knew him best
Sighted eyes, feeling heart( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten--a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry's prescient works tackling race, human rights, women's equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon"--
Holly Near : singing for our lives( Visual )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles singer-songwriter and political activist Holly Near, featuring concert performances, rally scenes, and interviews
Lorraine Hansberry : sighted eyes, feeling heart( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary sheds valuable light on all aspects of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for this production about a working class Black family, the casting process, artistic debates and finally its public reception. The film features interviews with the play's original cast members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Glynn Turman, director Lloyd Richards, producer Phil Rose, supporter Harry Belafonte as well as writer Amiri Baraka along with excerpts from the 1961 Hollywood movie. Additionally the film reveals how central feminism was to her ideas and boldly acknowledges (using her diary entries) her same gender relationships and private lesbian identity before the appearance of the gay rights movement
Oliver Sacks : his own life( Visual )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. life and career of the renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks
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