Camera Three - Season 10

CBS (ended 1980)




Episode Guide

  • Traveling Poets
    Traveling Poets
    Episode 47
    The title refers to the recent success of poetry reading sessions on the American college campus scene by a number of distinguished poets. The phenomenon is discussed by Muriel Rukeyser, James Dickey and Peter Viereck, who give us a sample of their poems to savor.
  • Valentina Felix Sings the Songs of Portugal
    A novel and diverting half hour of rarely heard songs of Portugal, sung by a Portuguese singing star Valentina Felix. Portuguese culture is expressed in song, photographs and poetry read by Carlos Montalban.
  • A Visit With Earl Robinson
    Composer-lyrcist Earl Robinson, best known as the author of "Ballad for Americans," and "The House I Live In," and other critical songs connected with social issues of the 40's on the American scene, discusses his career with host James Macandrew and sings a number of his songs.
  • The Art and Science of Translation
    Readers of translated literary works who have lauded and deplored their translations, should tune in here for an illustrated discussion on their pitfalls by experts in the art. Host James MacAndrew's guests are Cornelia Schaeffer of Atheneum Publishers; Michael Roloff of "Metamorphosis" Magazine and Ivan Morris of Columbia University.
  • Conversations With Editors, Part III
    Again, Camera Three turns to the editors of small magazines with a devoted following. For some insight on their contribution to a better understanding of the contemporary scene. This time, the president and publisher of Scientific American, Gerard Piel, talks about the "changing American attitude toward technology and science."
  • Poems of Edith Sitwell
    A tribute to Dame Edith Sitwell, sophisticated poet of an era gone by who died just last December. With the elegance, wit, range, and voice of actress Irene Worth on hand to express their charm, humor, sorrow and substance, Miss Sitwell's poems are a joy indeed.
  • The Extension of Life
    The guests who appear on the program today are not only taking its title literally, but are spending their time in elaborate research on the possibilities of extending man's time span on earth. Participating scientists are physicist Robert Ettinger, author of the book, "The Prospect of Immortality;" Dr. Benjamin Schloss, president of the Society for Btosis (an organization which sponsors such research); and psychotherapist Dr. George Weinberg.moreless
  • Modern Jazz Quartette
    Jazz buffs are treated to a special half-hour of music by John Lewis at the piano, Milt Jackson on the vibraharp, Percy Heath bass, and Connie Kay drums. Arrangements of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "The Golden Striker" from their score for a French film; "My Man's Gone Now" from "Porgy and Bess"; "Bachiaras Brasileriras No. 5" by Villa Lobos and a unique version of England's Carol, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" illustrate their talent and sparkle.moreless
  • Conversations With Editors, Part II
    Continuing its series on the role of the little magazine's contribution to our appreciation of the American cultural scene, Camera Three introduces William Phillips, editor-in-chief of that "remarkably durable publication "Partisan Review."
  • New German Writing
    New German Writing
    Episode 38
    Anyone who has been exposed to the recent state of novels about the changing moral values in post-Hitler Germany, will find this program of interest. Novelist Kay Boyle and three imaginative and perceptive postwar German novelists: Gunter Grass ("The Tin Drum," "Dog Years") Uwe Johnson "(Speculations about Jacob"), and Reinhard Lettau ("Obstacles"); discuss the intent of their work and the phenomena of the recent writing upsurge in Germany.moreless
  • Jan's Pantomime
    Jan's Pantomime
    Episode 37
    The art of pantomime as demonstrated by Switzerland's Jan Kessler to the musical accompaniment composed and played by his wife Dora, combines virtuosity with charm.
  • The World in 1984
    The World in 1984
    Episode 36
    Exploration of the future in a realistic projection of things to come and thoughts on George Orwell's 1949 dystopian novel "1984".
  • As I Lay Dying
    As I Lay Dying
    Episode 35
    Original dance-drama based on William Faulkner's novel about a woman's dying wish to be buried in Jefferson knowing full well that it is a long and difficult journey for her husband.
  • That Eager Zest
    That Eager Zest
    Episode 34
    In honor of National Library week, Camera Three dips into the literary recollections of famous authors savoring their earliest encounters with books. E.E. Cummings' joy on reading "Treasure Island," H.L. Mencken's adventure with "Huckleberry Finn," and a sick young Ellery Queen devouring "Sherlock Holmes," are choice, but James Thurber's hysterically funny memory of his syntax-picking English teacher, "Miss Groby," will ring a bell and have you rocking with laughter.moreless
  • The Making of a Musical
    In the case of the musical under discussion this morning, Richard Rodgers' current "Do I Hear a Waltz?" its progression from stage play ("The Time of the Cuckoo)," to motion picture ("Summertime"), to musical play, is of special interest. Since all three productions boast distinctive qualities of their own, comments from playwright Arthur Laurents, lyricist Stephen Sondheim. and costume-set designer Beni Montresor should intrigue the theatre and movie buff.moreless
  • The Young Composer
    The Young Composer
    Episode 32
    Premiere performances of "Saul" and "Poeme", two works by 24-year-old Stuart Sacks. Joanna Simon sings "Saul". Pianist Mary Louise Boehm and her husband, Violinist Kees Kooper, play "Poeme".
  • Music? or Else ...
    Music? or Else ...
    Episode 31
    Musical humorist-composer Peter Schickele enlivens the airwaves with examples of musical humor by Debussy, Haydn, Mozart, and Bartok, and throws in some takeoffs of greats like Bach written expressly by himself.
  • Conversations With the Editors, Part I
    In an attempt to sample the point of view of the so-called "little" magazines in an age of mass communications, Camera Three opens a series of talks with editors of the small circulation publications. Today, host James MacAndrew's guest is Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, a monthly sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, interested in arousing intellectual speculation and developing a market for writers of talent.moreless
  • The Film Director
    The Film Director
    Episode 29
    Movie buffs who treasure the memory of the 1930 film The Blue Angel and 1932's Shanghai Express are directed to tune in here for a conversation between their famed auteur director Josef Von Sternberg and film critic Stanley Kauffmann.
  • American Dance Theater: Poem
    Modern dance combines its movements with poetry and jazz as Sophie Maslow's choreography, Duke Ellington's music, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "Autobiography," are joined into one.
  • The Love Poems of William Butler Yeats
    A compelling and illuminating choice of poems pays eloquent tribute to Nobel prize winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
  • Yiddish Stories of Two Worlds
    Folk tales from Europe and America are contrasted in "Yiddish Stories of Two Worlds". The charm of contrast is heightened by an underlying similarity between the two stories dramatized here today. One is Sholom Aleichem's "Modern Children," a wise little tale about an old world European Ghetto Jew and his rationalizations in the face of reality. The other is a proud little tale of an American Jewish immigrant, conditioned by the thinking of the old world and rationalizing his values in the new.moreless
  • Today's Dancer
    Today's Dancer
    Episode 25
    The evolution of skills from medieval times to present day are shown. Dance enthusiasts are treated to a colorful history of the evolution of dance forms, illustrated by four contemporary artists. While critic and dance historian Walter Terry explains the changing moods and movements of the dance from medieval to modern styles. Rochelle Zide and Michael Maule of the New York City Opera Company and teenage students of the High School of Performing Arts in New York, range through the forms and dances with style and skill.moreless
  • The Poetry of Norman Rosten
    Uta Hagen and Robert Elston star with Norman Rosten in a dramatized reading of his poetry.
  • The Hutchinson Family Singers
    Camera Three observes the birthday of Abraham Lincoln by recreating a concert performed by Lincoln's campaign singers - the Hutchinson Family Singers. The contemporary group (Meg Welles, Roy Hines, Ty McConnell and Bob Henry) sings pop, message and comedy songs of the period.
  • The Pinter Plays
    The Pinter Plays
    Episode 22
    Camera Three presents excerpts from two Harold Pinter one-act plays, "The Room" and "A Slight Ache". Frances Sternhagen and Henderson Forsythe, who star in them off-Broadway, do likewise here. Harold Pinter's controversial one-act plays, "The Room" and "A Slight Ache," are either enigmas, offbeat, wayout, or avant garde, according to your taste in literature. In any case, they're given a whirl this morning both in performance by members of the current off-Broadway company, and by their director Ward Baker, in conversation with series host James MacAndrew.moreless
  • Goyeseas
    Episode 21
    Pictorial piano recital of Goya impressions. Music simulated by painting adds sparkle to today's program, as pianist Nicholas Zumbro plays the "Goyeseas" suite by the Spanish composer Enriques Granados against a background of paintings by Goya which inspired him in the first place.
  • Alexander Calder
    Alexander Calder
    Episode 20
    American sculptor Alexander Calder, whose mobiles alone have staggered and fascinated museum-goers for decades, is the subject of this morning's appreciative profile backed up by a tour of New York's Guggenheim Museum and its exhibit of his phenomenal 40-year output.
  • Are We Alone?
    Are We Alone?
    Episode 19
    Science Editor Walter Sullivan of the New York Times and Rocket Engineer Willy Ley discuss the possibility of life on other planets under title of "Are We Alone?"
  • Over the Top to Bebop
    As the title suggests, dance buffs are in for an illustrated lesson in the syncopated dance and its development from tap to clog, to shuffle, etc. Soft-shoe dancers Honi Coles and Charlie Atkins attend to the illustrations, and English professor Dr. Marshall Sterns (author of "The Jazz Story") fills in the details.moreless
  • Claire Bloom Reads Poetry
    Lovely British actress Claire Bloom, whose voice, face and figure evoke the poetic air, is heard in a reading of poems and songs of her choosing ranging from Sir Philip Sidney and Lord Byron, to T.S. Eliot and Marianne Moore. Other yuletide selections include Housman, Pound, and Rothke.
  • The Coach With the Six Insides
    A prize-winning dance-drama by choreographer Jean Erdman, based on James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake", performed by members of the off-Broadway cast, Anita Dangler, Van Dexter, Leonard Frey and Gail Ryan.
  • The World of Atget
    The World of Atget
    Episode 15
    Camera buffs are treated to an exhibit and profile of one of the world's great early photographers, the late Frenchman, Eugene Atget, whose photographs of Paris served as inspiration to artists like Braque, Vlaminck and Utrillo, and provide us with a beautiful record of his environment from the turn-of-the-century to shortly after the First World War.moreless
  • The New Math
    The New Math
    Episode 14
    There is demonstration-discussion of a new method of teaching elementary mathematics. Key ideas of contemporary geometry may be developed in the elementary arithmetic program. Among these is the concept of the point and the line. Pupils can be led to understand that there are many models of a point, a dot on paper, the point of a pin, which represent the idea of a point. They are taught similarly to distinguish between the model of a line, drawn on paper, and a line itself, which is a set of points and since a point is an idea, so is a line.moreless
  • The Cradle Will Rock
    A dramatic demonstration of how far television had come since its early days, in its willingness to present a work that surely would have been banned from the airwaves during the era of Joseph McCarthy. Portions of the late Marc Blitzstein's "The Cradle Will Rock." the play in music that captured the indomitable will to survive in the depression of the 1930's, are shown here today by the cast of the current off-Broadway revival. Tune in for its enduring and contagious verve and excitement.moreless
  • The Political Spectacle
    Political satire revue, based on Monocle magazine's view of the Supreme Court. Topics coming under fire are the school prayer, integration, and income tax.
  • Brecht on Shakespeare
    Another off-beat tribute to Shakespeare's universality comes from background "rehearsal" pieces for the plays "Tvfitten by Bertolt Brecht". This morning, Brecht contemporary and colleague Miss Lotte Lenya joins playwright George Tabori for a discussion of Brecht's purpose and motivation for these pieces, as she plays the nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" in illustration.moreless
  • Commedia del 'Arte: Hamlet
    The second of three offbeat tributes to Shakespeare. Camera Three offers a slapstick romp with "Hamlet" done in the farcical improvisational style of the Italian "Commedia del 'Arte".
  • A Touch of Greatness
    A rich and rewarding experiment for Westchester county's school children last year gave youngsters in Rye, Harrison, Purchase, Port Chester, and the Town of Rye, in New York, a chance to stage and perform Shakespeare's plays, with the help of a dedicated "teacher. Albert Cullen gave up his sabbatical to guide youngsters from kindergarten to high school age, to produce "The Public School Shakespeare Festival" and Camera Three offers an illustrated chronicle of their experience on film and in person.moreless
  • The Fine Art of Political Wit
    Leon A. Harris Jr. author of "The Fine Art of Political Wit" talks about centuries of wit in politics from Ben Franklin to JFK. Harris says that American politicans have become more pious and less witty because of television. Political humor has taken the form of jokes and witticisms, anecdotes, satires, dramatic comedy, cartoons and caricatures, and perhaps the most common form, political invective.moreless
  • Italics - The Hand of Beauty
    If you're looking for a useful hobby, and appreciate the rarity of a beautiful legible script in this mechanized age of the typewriter, tune in for a hopeful tale about the revival of "Italics Penmanship" in England and the US teacher historian Schuyler Watts describes the handwriting of Michaelangelo and Davinci, who might even convince you of its practical and esthetic advantages today.moreless
  • The Alchemist
    The Alchemist
    Episode 5
    Scenes from the 17th century play "The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson currently running Off-Broadway is performed by the cast. Act I Face: Not of this, I think it. But I shall put you in mind, sir; at Pie-corner, Taking your meal of steam in, from cooks' stalls, Where, like the father of hunger, you did walk Piteously costive, with your pinch'd-horn-nose, And your complexion of the Roman wash, Stuck full of black and melancholic worms, Like powder-corns shot at the artillery-yard.moreless
  • Music of Future
    Music of Future
    Episode 4
    Far-out sounds of electronic music as Professor Vladimir Ussachevsky of Columbia-Princeton University Electronic Music Center, explains and demonstrates electronic music.
  • Festival
    Episode 3
    Following the opening of the second New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Camera Three takes this opportunity to invite some of the film's visiting directors to discuss their work on the show. In addition, movie buffs get a glimpse of some of the festival's films in extracts.
  • Fifty Years of Dance
    The remarkable and enduring talents of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, whose interest in the modern dance sparked the youthful imagination of such modern greats as Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey makes today's anniversary a must for dance enthusiasts everywhere.
  • I Woke Up This Morning
    Songs of the Negro Freedom March are performed.