American Masters

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American Masters
American Masters logo.svg
Created by Susan Lacy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 28[1]
No. of episodes 200 (as of January 21, 2014)[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Susan Lacy (1986–2013), Michael Kantor (2014-present)
Producer(s) Thirteen/WNET[2]
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Original run June 22, 1986 (1986-06-22) – present
External links
Website

American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is produced by WNET in New York City. The show debuted on PBS in 1986.[2]

Groups or organizations featured include: Actors Studio, Algonquin Round Table, Group Theatre, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Women of Tin Pan Alley, Negro Ensemble Company, Juilliard School, the Beat Generation, The Singer-songwriters of the 1970s, Sun Records, Vaudeville, and Warner Bros.

History[edit]

American Masters, a series "devoted to America's 'greatest native-born and adopted' artists", was originally scheduled to premier in September 1985; for "logistical scheduling reasons" the premiere was delayed until summer 1986, though on October 16, 1985, an American Masters "special" called Aaron Copland: A Self-Portrait was aired.[3]

The first of the 15 first-season episodes was Private Conversations,[4] a "cinema-verite documentary by Christian Blackwood done in that trickiest of cinematic forms: a film about a film, in this instance the television version of Death of a Salesman, directed by Volker Schlöndorff".[5] It aired on June 23, 1986, as one of two episodes not specifically commissioned for the show's first season.[5]

Susan Lacy, American Masters creator and executive producer, selected each subject, matched them to the specific film makers, and oversaw a first-season budget of $8 million.[5] Before creating the series Lacy had been the senior programmer for Great Performances and one of the "architects" of American Playhouse, having written the original proposal for the latter. At the time of the show's premiere, she was also the East Coast head of the Sundance Institute.[5]

After the show's first two seasons, American Masters began producing most of its episodes; in those cases, it hires directors, arranges for funding, manages the budget, and supervises the editing; the show reserves the right to make the final cut on every film it produces.[6] The American Masters production company occasionally plays a more limited role and co-produces some of its episodes, such as the 2005 documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home, and then in 2010 The Doors, When You're Strange.

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  1. ^ a b Fleming, Jr., Mike (January 6, 2014). "'American Masters' ‘Salinger' Director's Cut To Include 15 Extra Minutes of Revelations". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Program Description". PBS. July 9, 2004. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J. (October 16, 1985). "A Self-portrait Marks Copland's 85th Birthday". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  4. ^ Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ a b c d James, Jamie (June 22, 1986). "Bringing America's Creative Talent into Focus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Susan Lacy: Television Producer, Director, Executive". She Made It. The Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  7. ^ Actor’s Studio ~ About the Actor’s Studio | American Masters | PBS
  8. ^ Louisa May Alcott – The Woman Behind 'Little Women' | American Masters | PBS
  9. ^ The Algonquin Round Table – About the Algonquin | American Masters | PBS
  10. ^ Woody Allen – About the Documentary Film | American Masters | PBS
  11. ^ Ahmet Ertegun – Atlantic Records | American Masters | PBS
  12. ^ Louis Armstrong – About Louis Armstrong | American Masters | PBS
  13. ^ John James Audubon – Drawn from Nature | American Masters | PBS
  14. ^ Richard Avedon – About the Photographer | American Masters | PBS
  15. ^ Joan Baez – How Sweet the Sound | American Masters | PBS
  16. ^ George Balanchine – Master of the Dance | American Masters | PBS
  17. ^ James Baldwin – About the Author | American Masters | PBS
  18. ^ Lucille Ball – Finding Lucy | American Masters | PBS
  19. ^ Tony Bennett – The Music Never Ends | American Masters | PBS
  20. ^ Leonard Bernstein – Reaching for the Note | American Masters | PBS
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  22. ^ Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  23. ^ "American Masters (2013 Season) – Mel Brooks: Make a Noise". WNET TV. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  24. ^ James Brown – Soul Survivor | American Masters | PBS
  25. ^ Carol Burnett – Interview: Carol Burnett | American Masters | PBS
  26. ^ John Cage – About The Composer | American Masters | PBS
  27. ^ Alfred Stieglitz – The Eloquent Eye | American Masters | PBS
  28. ^ Cab Calloway: Sketches – About the Documentary | American Masters | PBS
  29. ^ Robert Capa – In Love and War | American Masters | PBS
  30. ^ Truman Capote – About the Author | American Masters | PBS
  31. ^ Johnny Carson: King of Late Night – About the Documentary | American Masters | PBS
  32. ^ John Cassavetes – About John Cassavetes | American Masters | PBS
  33. ^ Willa Cather – About Willa Cather | American Masters | PBS
  34. ^ Lon Chaney – The Man of a Thousand Faces | American Masters | PBS
  35. ^ Charlie Chaplin – About the Actor | American Masters | PBS
  36. ^ Ray Charles – About Ray Charles | American Masters | PBS
  37. ^ Julia Child – About Julia Child | American Masters | PBS
  38. ^ Harold Clurman – About Harold Clurman | American Masters | PBS
  39. ^ Nat King Cole – About Nat King Cole | American Masters | PBS
  40. ^ Sam Cooke – Crossing Over | American Masters | PBS
  41. ^ Aaron Copland – About the Composer | American Masters | PBS
  42. ^ Walter Cronkite ~ About Walter Cronkite | American Masters | PBS
  43. ^ http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=50703396
  44. ^ George Cukor – On Cukor | American Masters | PBS
  45. ^ Merce Cunningham – A Lifetime of Dance | American Masters | PBS
  46. ^ Edward Curtis – Shadow Catcher | American Masters | PBS
  47. ^ James Dean – Photographer Dennis Stock on James Dean | American Masters | PBS
  48. ^ Placido Domingo – About Placido Domingo | American Masters | PBS
  49. ^ The Doors – When You're Strange | American Masters | PBS
  50. ^ Bob Dylan – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  51. ^ Thomas Eakins – About Thomas Eakins | American Masters | PBS
  52. ^ Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  53. ^ Clint Eastwood – Eastwood Noir | American Masters | PBS
  54. ^ Albert Einstein – How I See the World | American Masters | PBS
  55. ^ Duke Ellington – About Duke Ellington | American Masters | PBS
  56. ^ Ralph Ellison – An American Journey | American Masters | PBS
  57. ^ Ella Fitzgerald – About Ella Fitzgerald | American Masters | PBS
  58. ^ F. Scott Fitzgerald – Essay: The Crack-Up | American Masters | PBS
  59. ^ John Ford and John Wayne – Pappy and the Duke | American Masters | PBS
  60. ^ Milos Forman – About Milos Forman | American Masters | PBS
  61. ^ Aretha Franklin – About Aretha Franklin | American Masters | PBS
  62. ^ R. Buckminster Fuller – About R. Buckminster Fuller | American Masters | PBS
  63. ^ Judy Garland – About Judy Garland | American Masters | PBS
  64. ^ Marvin Gaye – Introduction | American Masters | PBS
  65. ^ David Geffen ~ About: Inventing David Geffen | American Masters | PBS
  66. ^ Frank Gehry – Sketches of Frank Gehry | American Masters | PBS
  67. ^ George Gershwin – About the Composer | American Masters | PBS
  68. ^ Allen Ginsberg – About Allen Ginsberg | American Masters | PBS
  69. ^ Lillian Gish – About Lillian Gish | American Masters | PBS
  70. ^ Philip Glass – GLASS: A Portrait of Philip Glass in Twelve Parts | American Masters | PBS
  71. ^ Sam Goldwyn – About Sam Goldwyn | American Masters | PBS
  72. ^ Benny Goodman – About Benny Goodman | American Masters | PBS
  73. ^ Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  74. ^ Martha Graham – About the Dancer | American Masters | PBS
  75. ^ 'http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/cary-grant/quotable-cary/618/
  76. ^ D.W. Griffith – About D.W. Griffith | American Masters | PBS
  77. ^ 'http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/woody-guthrie/aint-got-no-home/623/
  78. ^ Group Theatre – About the Group Theatre | American Masters | PBS
  79. ^ Merle Haggard – Learning to Live with Myself | American Masters | PBS
  80. ^ Dashiell Hammett – About Dashiell Hammett | American Masters | PBS
  81. ^ John Hammond – About John Hammond | American Masters | PBS
  82. ^ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/marvin-hamlisch/film-marvin-hamlisch-what-he-did-for-love/2664/
  83. ^ Helen Hayes – About Helen Hayes | American Masters | PBS
  84. ^ Lillian Hellman – About Lillian Hellman | American Masters | PBS
  85. ^ Ernest Hemingway – Reflections on Ernest Hemingway | American Masters | PBS
  86. ^ Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin' | American Masters | PBS
  87. ^ Don Hewitt – About Don Hewitt | American Masters | PBS
  88. ^ Al Hirschfeld – About Al Hirschfeld | American Masters | PBS
  89. ^ Alfred Hitchcock – About Alfred Hitchcock | American Masters | PBS
  90. ^ Hollywood Chinese ~ Video: Interview Outtakes | American Masters | PBS
  91. ^ David Hockney – The Colors of Music | American Masters | PBS
  92. ^ Billie Holiday – About the Singer | American Masters | PBS
  93. ^ Lena Horne – About the Performer | American Masters | PBS
  94. ^ Zora Neale Hurston – Jump at the Sun | American Masters | PBS
  95. ^ Jasper Johns – About the Painter | American Masters | PBS
  96. ^ "American Masters (2012 Season) – Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance". WNET TV. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  97. ^ Philip Johnson – About Philip Johnson | American Masters | PBS
  98. ^ Bill T. Jones: A Good Man – About the Documentary Film | American Masters | PBS
  99. ^ Quincy Jones – The Story of an American Musician | American Masters | PBS
  100. ^ Julliard [sic] – About Julliard | American Masters | PBS
  101. ^ Danny Kaye – About the Actor | American Masters | PBS
  102. ^ Elia Kazan – About Elia Kazan | American Masters | PBS
  103. ^ Buster Keaton – About Buster Keaton | American Masters | PBS
  104. ^ Garrison Keillor – The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes | American Masters | PBS
  105. ^ Gene Kelly – Anatomy of a Dancer | American Masters | PBS
  106. ^ Andre Kertesz – About Andre Kertesz | American Masters | PBS
  107. ^ Harper Lee: Hey, Boo – About the Documentary | American Masters | PBS
  108. ^ Annie Leibovitz – Life Through A Lens | American Masters | PBS
  109. ^ LENNONYC – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  110. ^ James Levine – About James Levine | American Masters | PBS
  111. ^ Harold Lloyd – About Harold Lloyd | American Masters | PBS
  112. ^ Cachao: Uno Mas – About the Film | American Masters | PBS
  113. ^ George Lucas – About George Lucas | American Masters | PBS
  114. ^ Henry Luce – Henry R. Luce and the Rise of the American News Media | American Masters | PBS
  115. ^ Norman Mailer – A Brief History of Norman Mailer | American Masters | PBS
  116. ^ Bob Marley – About Bob Marley | American Masters | PBS
  117. ^ Sanford Meisner – About Sanford Meisner | American Masters | PBS
  118. ^ Yehudi Menuhin – About Yehudi Menuhin | American Masters | PBS
  119. ^ Arthur Miller – None Without Sin | American Masters | PBS
  120. ^ Joni Mitchell – Joni Mitchell's Stylistic Journey | American Masters | PBS
  121. ^ Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel – About the Documentary | American Masters | PBS
  122. ^ Marilyn Monroe – Still Life | American Masters | PBS
  123. ^ Robert Motherwell – About Robert Motherwell | American Masters | PBS
  124. ^ John Muir in the New World – About the Documentary Film | American Masters | PBS
  125. ^ Edward R. Murrow – This Reporter | American Masters | PBS
  126. ^ Negro Ensemble Co. – About the Negro Ensemble Co. | American Masters | PBS
  127. ^ Willie Nelson – Still is Still Moving | American Masters | PBS
  128. ^ Bob Newhart – Interview with Bob Newhart | American Masters | PBS
  129. ^ Mike Nichols – About Mike Nichols | American Masters | PBS
  130. ^ Alwin Nikolais – About Alwin Nikolais | American Masters | PBS
  131. ^ Isamu Noguchi – About Isamu Noguchi | American Masters | PBS
  132. ^ "American Masters Season 21, Episode 1". TV Links. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  133. ^ Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune – About the Documentary | American Masters | PBS
  134. ^ Georgia O'Keeffe – About the Painter | American Masters | PBS
  135. ^ Eugene O'Neill – About Eugene O'Neill | American Masters | PBS
  136. ^ "American Masters Season 21, Episode 7". TV LInks. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  137. ^ Jack Paar – About Jack Paar | American Masters | PBS
  138. ^ Charlie Parker – About Charlie Parker | American Masters | PBS
  139. ^ Les Paul – Chasing Sound | American Masters | PBS
  140. ^ Pearl Jam Twenty – About the Documentary Film | American Masters | PBS
  141. ^ Gregory Peck – About Gregory Peck | American Masters | PBS
  142. ^ I.M. Pei – Building China Modern | American Masters | PBS
  143. ^ Edgar Allan Poe – About Edgar Allan Poe | American Masters | PBS
  144. ^ Sidney Poitier – About Sidney Poitier | American Masters | PBS
  145. ^ Cole Porter – About the Musician and Composer | American Masters | PBS
  146. ^ Katherine Anne Porter – About Katherine Anne Porter | American Masters | PBS
  147. ^ Robert Rauschenberg – About the Artist | American Masters | PBS
  148. ^ Man Ray – Prophet of the Avant-Garde | American Masters | PBS
  149. ^ Lou Reed – About Lou Reed | American Masters | PBS
  150. ^ Federic Remington – About Frederic Remington | American Masters | PBS
  151. ^ Diego Rivera – About the Artist | American Masters | PBS
  152. ^ Jerome Robbins – Something to Dance About | American Masters | PBS
  153. ^ Paul Robeson – About the Actor | American Masters | PBS
  154. ^ Norman Rockwell – About Norman Rockwell | American Masters | PBS
  155. ^ Richard Rodgers – About Richard Rodgers | American Masters | PBS
  156. ^ Will Rogers – About Will Rogers | American Masters | PBS
  157. ^ "American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked". WNET TV. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  158. ^ Arthur Rubinstein – About Arthur Rubinstein | American Masters | PBS
  159. ^ Mort Sahl – About Mort Sahl | American Masters | PBS
  160. ^ Augustus Saint-Gaudens – About Augustus Saint-Gaudens | American Masters | PBS
  161. ^ Film Trailer: Salinger, the Director's Cut | American Masters | PBS
  162. ^ Waldo Salt – About Waldo Salt | American Masters | PBS
  163. ^ "American Masters (2012 Season)". WNET TV. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  164. ^ Charles Schulz – Good Ol' Charles Schulz | American Masters | PBS
  165. ^ Martin Scorsese – About Martin Scorsese | American Masters | PBS
  166. ^ Pete Seeger – Introduction | American Masters | PBS
  167. ^ About Maurice Sendak | American Masters | PBS
  168. ^ Rod Serling – About Rod Serling | American Masters | PBS
  169. ^ Neil Simon – About Neil Simon | American Masters | PBS
  170. ^ Paul Simon – About Paul Simon | American Masters | PBS
  171. ^ Isaac Bashevis Singer – About Isaac Bashevis Singer | American Masters | PBS
  172. ^ W. Eugene Smith – About W. Eugene Smith | American Masters | PBS
  173. ^ Alfred Stieglitz – The Eloquent Eye | American Masters | PBS
  174. ^ Isaac Stern – About Isaac Stern | American Masters | PBS
  175. ^ George Stevens – About George Stevens | American Masters | PBS
  176. ^ Preston Sturges – About Preston Sturges | American Masters | PBS
  177. ^ William Styron – About William Styron | American Masters | PBS
  178. ^ Sun Records – Timeline | American Masters | PBS
  179. ^ Sweet Honey in the Rock – About Sweet Honey in the Rock | American Masters | PBS
  180. ^ Paul Taylor – About Paul Taylor | American Masters | PBS
  181. ^ "American Masters (2013 Season) – Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll". WNET TV. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  182. ^ "American Masters Season 24, Episode 1". TV Links. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  183. ^ Dalton Trumbo – Introduction to TRUMBO | American Masters | PBS
  184. ^ Sarah Vaughan – About Sarah Vaughan | American Masters | PBS
  185. ^ | American Masters | PBS
  186. ^ Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film | American Masters | PBS
  187. ^ "American Masters Season 21, Episode 14". TV Links. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  188. ^ "American Masters Season 21, Episode 13". TV Links. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  189. ^ Alice Waters – About Alice Waters | American Masters | PBS
  190. ^ Muddy Waters – Can't Be Satisfied | American Masters | PBS
  191. ^ Billy Wilder – About Billy Wilder | American Masters | PBS
  192. ^ Hank Williams – About Hank Williams | American Masters | PBS
  193. ^ Tennessee Williams – About Tennessee Williams | American Masters | PBS
  194. ^ William Wyler – About William Wyler | American Masters | PBS
  195. ^ Neil Young – Don't Be Denied | American Masters | PBS

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