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  • Marilyn Monroe: Ballerina (silent)

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    7/20/12

    A silent short of Marilyn Monroe's 'Ballerina' outtakes. (Photos by Milton Greene.)
  • Troubadours - Preview

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    12/30/11

    Trace the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centered on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor. 12/30/2011
  • Eames Outtakes: Having Fun

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    12/19/11

    In archival footage from "An Eames Celebration," a film for WNET created in 1973, Ray Eames struggles to describe any activities that give her more joy than success in their projects and works. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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    12/19/11

    Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's definitive documentary delves into the private world the Eameses created in their Renaissance-style, Venice Beach, California studio, where design history was born. Narrated by James Franco, the film premieres nationally Monday, December 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Eames Outtakes: L.A. Unrestrained

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    12/19/11

    In archival footage from "An Eames Celebration," a film for WNET created in 1973, Charles Eames describes the city of Los Angeles as an illustration of what happens when design lacks constraints. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.moreless
  • Carson's Cellar

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    Dan Gingold, stage manager of "Carson'?s Cellar", and Dick Cavett describe Johnny Carson'?s tough and somewhat awkward beginnings as a TV personality on the show "Carson'?s Cellar". Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres May 14 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).moreless
  • Judy Garland: By Myself - Preview

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    Watch as Judy Garland gets center stage all to herself. 6/22/2012
  • Outtake: Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling

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    Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling talk about the time they went out to dinner with Johnny and discussed the unpredictability of show business. Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres May 14 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).moreless
  • Baby Bottleneck / Boobs In the Woods

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    A post-war baby-boom era overworks the stork, and faulty deliveries are made. Directed by: Robert Clampett / Porky Pig tries to have a relaxing day out in the woods but Daffy Duck won't let it happen. Directed by: Robert McKimsonmoreless
  • Collaborations in the Dance Company

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    11/11/11

    Creative Director Bjorn Amelan explains the process of collaboration between the production designers, technical crew, and artists when creating new work for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Pearl Jam "Do The Evolution"

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    10/21/11

    Check out Pearl Jam performing "Do the Evolution" from the Monkeywrench Radio Sessions in Seattle, 1998, shortly after the completion of their Yield album. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Eddie Vedder Smashes the Stage

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    10/21/11

    Watch Eddie Vedder smash the stage and his microphone in this archival concert footage of one of Pearl Jam's rowdier stage performances where set to the song "Leash" from Vs., the band's second studio album. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Pearl Jam's Name Change

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    10/21/11

    This excerpt from Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty features Pearl Jam discussing their original band name, Mookie Blaylock. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.moreless
  • Life at the Troubadour

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    3/2/11

    In these deleted scenes from Troubadours, Roger McGuinn, former Troubadour staff, photographer Harry Diltz, Cheech & Chong, and Bonnie Raitt tell stories about the incredible energy and community that centered around the nightly performances and daily club life, including the time Joni Mitchell surprised Bonnie Raitt backstage and anecdotes of David Crosby's legendary pot smoking habit.moreless
  • Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould Preview

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    12/27/10

    A profoundly enigmatic musical poet, there have been many documentaries about Glenn Gould, but they were typically sidetracked, focusing on the pills and fashions - missing the man, the magic and the message of music. American Masters pierces through the misconceptions in Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould airing nationally, Monday, December 27 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).moreless
  • "New York City" at the One to One Concert

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    11/22/10

    See John Lennon perform "New York City" on stage at the One to One Concert, at New York City's own Madison Square Garden in 1972.
  • John and Yoko in The Village

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    11/22/10

    Rarely seen archival footage by filmmaker Jonas Mekas captures John Lennon and Yoko Ono's early years in Greenwich Village - surrounded by New York City staples such as Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg.moreless
  • Remembering Lennon: Earl Slick, Lennon Lead Guitarist

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    11/5/10

    Interview with Earl Slick, a well known guitarist who worked alongside John Lennon on what would become Lennon's final all-new studio recording. The album titled Double Fantasy was released in 1980.
  • Ken Burns' Memories of The Beatles

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    11/2/10

    Ken Burns reminisces about purchasing a 45 of The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" while growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was the first record he was compelled to purchase with his own money.moreless
  • Robby Krieger

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    4/27/10

    Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors, talked to PBS at the 2010 SXSW festival in conjunction with a screening of When You're Strange, a film about The Doors premiering for AMERICAN MASTERS. Krieger talks about the the use of previously unseen archival footage used in the film, the use of Doors fan Johnny Depp as the narrator, and his inspiration for creating music.moreless
  • John Densmore

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    4/27/10

    John Densmore, the drummer for The Doors from 1965 to 1973, talks about Tom DiCillo's in-depth work on the film When You're Strange, Jim Morrison's original film "HWY: An American Pastoral" (presented with the program), and the different path he has taken as a rock star. When You're Strange, a film about The Doors premieres Wednesday May 12, 2010 at 9pm (check local listings) for AMERICAN MASTERS.moreless
  • Interview with Narrator Danny Glover

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    1/7/10

    Actor (and narrator of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over) Danny Glover discusses the first time he heard Sam Cooke's music, the social context in which Sam released his records, and the collective journey on which Sam's music takes us.moreless
  • Interview with Producer Avon Kirkland

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    1/6/10

    Avon Kirkland, ExecutiveProducer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, discusses the importance of the legendary singer.
  • Interview with Producer D. Channsin Berry

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    1/5/10

    D. Channsin Berry, Co-Producer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, discusses his motivation for making a documentary about the legendary soul singer.
  • Q&A with Louisa May Alcott filmmakers

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    12/16/09

    Director Nancy Porter, producer Harriet Reisen, and actress Elizabeth Marvel fielded questions from the audience of the premiere screening of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'.
  • Scenes, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'

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    12/1/09

    Watch six scenes from Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women.'
  • Outtakes, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'

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    11/4/09

    Louisa May Alcott's reputation as a morally upstanding spinster, reflecting the conventional propriety of late 19th Century Concord, is firmly established. However, raised among reformers, the intellectual protege of Emerson and Hawthorne and Thoreau, Alcott was actually a free thinker, with democratic ideals and progressive values about women.moreless
  • Scene from The Brothers Warner

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    1/12/09

    Harry Warner's granddaughter talks to people on Hollywood Boulevard; Interview with Lita Heller, Sam Warner's daughter; Interview with Roy Disney on Steamboat Willie; Black Furry and Sherry Lansing discussing films of social relevance; Roy Disney on fueding brothers; Eddie Boxer on Jack Warner's editing skills;moreless
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