Camera Three - Season 20

CBS (ended 1980)




Episode Guide

  • The Limits of Psychiatry
    The definition and treatment of mental illness are at issue in a debate between psychiatrist-author Thomas Szasz ("Ideology and Insanity") and Gerald Klerman professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
  • Shakespeare for Our Day [Part II]
    Oscar-winning actor John Houseman, current director of the drama department of the Julliard School in New York City as well as artistic director of the City Center Acting Company, joins author-critic Margaret Croyden; Prof Samuel Schoenbaum of Northwestern University and Bernard Beckerman, Dean of the School of Arts at Columbia University, in the continued discussion about Shakespeare and his plays.moreless
  • Shakespeare for Our Day [Part I]
    Theater goers and students of the theater will want to tune in for a discussion about Shakespeare and his plays by an Elizabethan scholar, Prof. Samuel Schoenbaum of Northwestern University; Bernard Beckerman, Dean of the School of Arts at Columbia University and author-critic Margaret Croyden.
  • M.F.K. Fisher
    M.F.K. Fisher
    Episode 42
    A monologue, with illustrations from her own photo archives, about life and work, by M.F.K. Fisher, who has for a generation written about her life with a special perspective on food. She talks in the house in Sonoma, CA, where she has lived for many years.
  • Concerning G.K. Chesterton
    Last week, George Bernard Shaw and his first London production of "Pygmalian" took over the show. This week, it's G.K. Chesterton's turn to be memorialized by Tony van Bridge. Chesterton, a contemporary of Shaw, wrote prose, poetry, journalistic works and criticism, from which Mr. van Bridge evokes the man's spirit and wit.moreless
  • The Story of Pygmalion
    The events surrounding the performance of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" during its London debut in 1914 are described by two participants in the Shaw Festival in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Tokyo Love Letter
    Tokyo Love Letter
    Episode 39
    A filmed essay of Japanese life and personalities as Faubion Bowers a well known authority on Asia, took a film crew to Japan, a country he has known intimately for more than 35 years. In a series of interviews (in Japanese with voice-over translations), Bowers talks with some of Japan's most celebrated personalities: painter Kumagai Morikazu, Terajima Junko, a leading movie and television actress and Nakamura Kankuro IX already at age 19 a Kabuki actor of unprecedented popularity. In order to give a cross-section of present day Japanese thought and attainment, Bowers talks with young intellectuals who brought up during the American occupation of Japan, have reassessed their feelings toward this country, and reminisces with General Arisue Seizo whom he first met in 1945 as a Japanese interpreter for the U.S. Army. Bowers also visits the Musashino Music University, where Western classical music is taught and takes a backstage look at a Tokyo television studio production.moreless
  • The Film Art of John Whitney Sr.
    Another treat for the film buff, particularly those interested in new and experimental techniques and ideas. John Whitney Sr.'s films are computer-generated offering images which can be seen on video equipment or film projection. Tune in for a demonstration by Whitney, filmed in his studio in Pacific Palisades, Calif., of the equipment he has invented himself for the process.moreless
  • Film Reality and Film Fantasy
    Film buffs and students of filmmaking win want to tune in for this illustrated essay on special effects techniques, their uses and intentions in the making of feature films and commercials. On the one hand, we're treated to the kind of camera techniques that aim to achieve a vision of "screen reality." On the other hand, there's the avant-garde approach to image-making techniques bent on inspiring fantasy and illusion.moreless
  • Anais Nin Observed
    Anais Nin Observed
    Episode 36
    This program is a portion of a longer film documentary by Robert Snyder about Nin and Miller, two eminent writers of the literary renaissance that started after World War One. Mr. Miller's reputation as a wholly original American writer has been secure for a generation through such works as "Tropic of Capricorn" and "Colossus of Maroussi". Miss Nin was well-known to a mainly European avant-garde audience through her private life, her short stories and novels until the publication of her diaries, which she had kept from age 11. She was then taken up by a new generation of mainly younger readers, and was much in demand as a lecturer. Something of a cult figure, Nin seemed to provide a needed synthesis of feminist and aesthetic sensibilities.moreless
  • The Magic of Old Buddhism: Borobudur, Indonesia
    Antiquity seems to be the key this Sunday morning on CBS, what with music of the Middle Ages mentioned above, and this visit to a shrine that's 1,000 years-old, and a celebrated part of ancient Javanese culture and religion. Jan Fontein, curator of the Department of Asiatic Art of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, offers additional commentary on the place this shrine plays in contemporary Indonesian life.moreless
  • Objective Truth - Objective Pictures
    The title refers to the photographic essay created by W. Eugene Smith, the internationally known photographer and his wife Aileen, as a result of their visit to the Japanese seaport of Minamata, back in 1971. Their interest was aroused by the fact that hundreds of people in the city were poisoned after having eaten fish caught in the local waters. Many of the photographs they took, now on display in a gallery in New York City, will be seen and discussed this morning, by Mr. and Mrs. Smith, as well as writer-photographer Bill Pierce.moreless
  • Zen and I
    Zen and I
    Episode 33
    One day in the life of a Zen Buddhist priest is captured in this profile of Tachibana Taiki, abbot of the Imperial Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Among the topics the priest discusses is what he sees as American misconceptions of Zen.
  • He That Plays the King
    Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company are presented in scenes from "He That Plays the King." Presentation is derived from the company's evening-long program performed recently at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.
  • Boulez Times Three [Part III]
    The three - part series on the music director of the New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez, conies to a close with a performance and a discussion on the "Music Director and Contemporary Music." John Deak will play composer Jacob Druckman's "Valentine," a solo for double bass, and Boulez will conduct his own composition, "Eclat," after which Boulez, Druckman and Arthur Weisberg, conductor of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, talk about the problems involved in conducting contemporary music.moreless
  • Boulez Times Three [Part II]
    Pierre Boulez, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Part II. "Musicians and Contemporary Music." Pierre Boulez, known to be an ardent exponent of modern music, conducts a chamber Orchestra in Varese's "Ionination" composed in 1933; and Peter Lieberson's "Concerto for Violincello with Accompanying Trios" composed in 1974; in Part II of this three-party study of the man. Stay tuned for a panel discussion on the new music with six members of the New York Philharmonic.moreless
  • Boulez Times Three [Part I]
    This three-part series on Pierre Boulez, music director of the New York Philharmonic, begins with a segment called "Management and Contemporary Music," a critical subject as well as a controversial one, which the following panel will discuss: Mr. Boulez; Amyas Ames, chairman of the New York Philharmonic; David Reiser, honorary chairman of the The New York Philharmonic; and Carlos Moseley, president of the New York Philharmonic.moreless
  • Richard Lester [Part II]
    Film director Richard Lester is again the central figure of this two-part examination of his films and their style. Whether or not you tuned in last week for Part I, film buffs and movie-goers won't want to miss this articulate, vibrant personality.
  • Richard Lester [Part I]
    The career of film director Richard Lester is featured in a two-part program, begins with an interview of Lester, who first came to international attention with his movie, "A Hard Day's Night" starring The Beatles. Clips from a number of his films will also be shown, including an upcoming sequel to his recent remake of "The Three Musketeers," starring Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay and Michael York, called "Four Musketeers."moreless
  • Time Passed Summer
    Time Passed Summer
    Episode 26
    The Pennsylvania Ballet is given showcase airtime to perform a ballet danced to a montage of songs by Tchaikovsky, which seeks to evoke a turn-of-the-century mood of Russia's gentlefolk. Ballet buffs should take time out for this new dance ensemble, whose artistic director, Benjamin Harkarvy choreographed "Time Passed Summer."
  • Bach by Daniel Heifetz
    Award-winning young American violinist, Daniel Heifetz, is offered this opportunity to acquaint series followers with the quality of his talent, performing Bach's "Chaconne, Paganini's "Caprice No. 9," and Eugene Ysaye's "Sonata No. 3."
  • Michael Tippett: Composer for Our Times
    Sir Michael Tippett, a leading composer-conductor in Great Britain, discusses his life and work on a program which also includes excerpts from performances of his third symphony, his oratorio "A Child for Our Time," and his operas "The Mid Summer Marriage" and "The Knot Garden".
  • Indians of North America
    A historic look at North American Indians thru the photographic images by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). This iconic insight of the seasoned journeymans amazing pictures have told the story of the Native Indian in such a light of admiration and great spirit.
  • D.W. Griffith: The Biograph Years [Part II]
    Ron Mottram director of the Griffith retrospective prepare for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City continues his commentary on the famed filmmaker's developing style in the conclusion of the two-parter saluting D.W. Griffith on the occasion of his birth last January 22. Lillian Gish one of the most celebrated of the Griffith stars, will be interviewed and excerpts of his films, including "Intolerance", "True Heart Susie" and "Way Down East" will be shown.moreless
  • D.W. Griffith: The Biograph Years [Part I]
    In commemoration of the great American filmmaker, D.W. Griffith's 100th birthday last Jan. 22, Camera Three offers a two-part study of his most productive years (1908-1913) at the Biograph Studios in New York City. On hand to discuss and analyze the extraordinary effectiveness and creativity of the Griffith style, with photographs and film clips in illustration, is Ron Mettram, director of the retrospective exhibit of Griffith's work prepared by the New York Museum of Modern Art.moreless
  • The Olympics of Dance
    Ballet performance by Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov who recently defected to the West performs as a member of the American Ballet Theater. Filmed excerpts of the 1966 Varna International Ballet competition known as "The Olympics of Dance" feature Baryshnikov then aged 18, the gold medal winner that year in performance.
  • The Manhattan Transfer
    Camera Three introduces a quartet of singers accompanied by a quartet of instrumentalists whose style has been called, "art deco in sound". The music is filled with rhythm and blues, love songs, funky jazz and gospel.
  • Hirshhorn: Man and Museum
    Art critic Rosamond Bernier is on hand to guide the art enthusiasts through the new Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the Mall in Washington, D.C. In addition to offering a glimpse of Mr. Hirshhorn's bequest of art amounting to 4,500 paintings and 2,000 sculptures and including works by artists ranging from Degas and Brancuzi to Giacometti, Calder and Miro, Miss Bernier takes time out to interview Joseph H. Hirshhorn himself on his Connecticut estate.moreless
  • Morbidezza: The Dark Chopin
    A piano recital by the young American virtuoso Garrick Ohlsson performing works by Chopin which display the famous composer's moodier and darker nature. Selections included are Prelude No. 2 A Minor, OP. 28 and Scherzo no. 1 in B Minor.
  • The Yoshi Show
    The Yoshi Show
    Episode 16
    Yoshi, a Japanese-born actor-mime-musician whose training in the Noh drama of his ancestors is embellished by his work in avant-garde experimental theater pursued by Peter Brook, best remembered in this country for his unconventional production of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream".
  • Las Cantigas De Santa Maria
    This holiday show offers a rare concert by The Waverly Consort, a group of six musicians, singers and instrumentalists performing on antique instruments, the medieval music and verse heard at the Spanish Court of King Alfonso 10th Again.
  • Brief Lives
    Brief Lives
    Episode 14
    Drama lovers get a special treat this morning as British actor, Roy Dotrice, performs extracts from his oneman show, which had a short but critically acclaimed run on Broadway. Young Mr. Dotrice plays the doddering, old 17th century wit, gossip and author, John Aubrey, evoking that gentleman's last week on earth.moreless
  • Music of Black Composers
    The CBS Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Paul Freeman perform works by two contemporary composers, George Walker and Roque Cordero and by 18th century French musician Joseph St. Georges in this program devoted to black composers. George Walker concert pianist and music professor at Rutgers University is represented by "Lyric for MK"; Roque Cordero on the faculty of Illinois State University by "Eight Minatures" and St. Georges' opera "Ernestine" is offered in excerpts sung by soprano Faye Robinson.moreless
  • Three Greek Plays [Part II]
    Part II. "The Trojan Women." Enthusiastic fans of experimental theater, particularly those who enjoyed watching "Medea" and "Electra" last week, will want to tune in for Andrei Serban's avant-garde approach to Euripides' tragedy, performed by members of Ellen Stewart's La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York. There's music for background composed by Elizabeth Swados, and an adaptation that uses the original Greek and the Latin of Seneca.moreless
  • Three Greek Plays [Part I]
    Theater buffs and students interested in avant garde experimentation will enjoy this two-part offering a glimpse of the latest work of Ellen Stewart's La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York. This morning excerpts from Euripedes' "Medea" and Sophocles' "Electra" as conceived and directed by Andrei Sarban with music by Elizabeth Swados and spoken in a combination of the original Greek and the Latin of Seneca offer an extraordinary evocation of their classic themes.moreless
  • Henry Moore [Part II]
    Part II. Whether or not you tuned in last week, take this opportunity to meet 77-year-old sculptor Henry Moore, world famous artist, still at work as vigorously as ever, in his spacious rural home outside London, whose grounds are marvelously endowed with his magnificent works of art. Unassuming genius that lie is, Mr. Moore answers questions posed by art critic Rosamond Bernier with such simplicity, any viewer can be enriched with a deeper knowledge of sculpture, Henry Moore style.moreless
  • Henry Moore [Part I]
    First of a two-part study of the great English contemporary sculptor Henry Moore, whose art works brighten and enliven any room, garden or square they dominate, is most viewing for any lover of modern art. Filmed on-location at his home in rural England, the vibrant 77-year-old sculptor is shown talking about his work, his early life, his favorite artists and their influence on him.moreless
  • A Video Event With Merce Cunningham and Dance Company [Part II]
    Part II. Whether or not you watched part one last week, dance students and dance buffs will want to tune in this morning for a glimpse of choreographer Merce Cunningham's imaginative avant grade creations, performed by Cunningham and his talented group
  • A Video Event With Merce Cunningham and Dance Company [Part I]
    Of Special interest to dance buffs and students of the dance, this two-part study of choreographer Merce Cunningham's creative approach to the dance as a personal expression of identity as well as choreographed movement in space, is particularly welcome this morning. In addition: to illustrating his ideas through his dancers, Mr. Cunningham interpolates his meaning through his own commentary. "He has done a great deal for the acceptance of American dance around the World" critic Clive Barnes has written of choreographer Merce Cunningham, in the first of a two-part program, Cunningham and his company are seen in performance.moreless
  • Max Ernst
    Max Ernst
    Episode 6
    Art critic Rosamond Bernier offers an illustrated profile of the world renowned painter, Max Ernst, a man in his 80s, who has made use of all manner and kind of experimental and avant garde ideas in his long and highly creative life.
  • The Otrabanda Company
    Here's another showcase for an experimental theater group. Called the Otrabanda Company, it performed in a circus tent pitched in towns alongside the riverbanks of the Mississippi, making its way from town- to town on the river in a homemade raft. Drama lovers will want to see this venturesome group performing their "River Raft Revue" on tour.moreless
  • Modern Jazz Quartet and the Juilliard String Quartet
    The famed Modern Jazz Quartet has rarely performed classical works, and the Julliard group, although it plays a great deal of contemporary music, has just as rarely attempted pieces in the jazz idiom. On this Camera Three program, the two quartets join forces for one composition in each idiom - "Sketch" by MJQ member John Lewis, and "Progression in Tempo," by Gunther Schuller. On its own, the Modern Jazz Quartet - comprised of John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibraharp; Percy Heath, bass, and Connie Kay, drums - performs "Regret?" and "Blues in A Minor" by Lewis. The Julliard String Quartet - made up of Robert Mann, violin; Earl Carlyss, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola, and Joel Krosnick, cello - plays the Andante from Mozart's "Quartet" (KV575) and the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's "Quartet in A Minor, Opus 44, No. 2."moreless
  • The Family - Scenes from British Working Class Life [Part II]
    Part II with an illuminating visit from the producer and members of "The Family", Britain's version of Public television's "An American Family" series broadcast on TV last year. All of them are extremely interesting people, and manage to get the point across that family unity is the most important factor in their lives, which means that tolerance and understanding is at a premium.moreless
  • The Family - Scenes from British Working Class Life [Part I]
    First of a two-parter featuring excerpts from "The Family" a BBC cinema-verite study which aired in 12 segments in England. For 14 weeks the Wilkinses, a working-class family from Reading, England, allowed a BBC crew to film their daily lives. The result was a 1974 TV series, "The Family". Included are interviews with the documentary's producer Paul Watson, who explains why he chose the Wilkinses.moreless
  • The Films of Scott Bartlett [Part II]
    Part II. Film buffs with an eye for the experimental will want a glimpse of Scott Bartlett's mood pieces, particularly if they missed Part I last week. This morning, his autobiographical film, "1970," part of the becomes a major program, with the former Mrs. Bartlett, Freude Bartlett, providing the commentary. Other short films include "Moon" and "Medina".moreless
  • The Films of Scott Bartlett [Part I]
    Film buffs and students interested in the experimental, low-budget, short features created by inspired members of the independent film movement, will want to tune in today, and next Sunday for a two-part study of the films of Scott Bartlett, three of which will course of be seen during the the programs. As Camera Three begins its 22nd season, it continues its imaginative role as a showcase for new idea's and talents in all phases of the arts and sciences.moreless