Camera Three - Season 8

CBS (ended 1980)




Episode Guide

  • Playwriting
    Episode 44
    Members of the Harlem Writers' Guild Workshop talk about play'writing and specifically a new play, Lonnie Elder's "Revival".
  • Eudora Welty
    Eudora Welty
    Episode 43
    Writers Eudora Welty and Hildegarde Dolson writer for the The New Yorker magazine discuss the writing art.
  • Thoreau's Philosophy of Passive Resistance
    Walter Harding and J.R. Humphreys discuss Thoreau's philosophy of passive resistance. Some critics state that Thoreau was influenced by radical Abolitionism to such an extent that it led him to defend John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry Virginia in 1859 on the eve of the American Civil War. Many believe "A Plea for Captain John Brown" is an indication of just how far Thoreau departed from his earlier views on reform, especially those expressed in his essay on "Resistance to Civil Government."moreless
  • To the Music of a Different Drummer
    Camera Three presents a two-part study of a famed and controversial Nineteenth century author and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, this week and next.
  • Tribute to Lester Horton
    Camera Three pays tribute to West Coast modern dance pioneer Lester Horton (1906-1953) through four of his choreographic works, performed by former Lester Horton Dancers Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey, and James Truitte. Carmen de Lavallade opens with Sarong paramaribo, a solo blending movements derived from Javanese and African dance. The second number features de Lavallade and Alvin Ailey as Mexican peasants in a tribute to artist Jose Clemente Orozco, from Horton's "Dedications in our time" series. De Lavallade and James Truitte follow with "The Beloved", inspired by a Midwest newspaper article about a religious bigot who killed his wife after suspecting her of adultery. The program closes with two selections from Liberian suite, performed by the trio of dancers to the music of Duke Ellington.moreless
  • Facade
    Episode 39
    Peggy Wood and Russell Oberlin are in "Facade" a verse by Dame Edith Sitwell set to music by Sir William Walton.
  • Frederic Chopin
    Frederic Chopin
    Episode 38
    Pianist Daniel Pollack plays selections by Frederic Chopin during a pictorial biography of the Polish composer.
  • Auguste Rodin [Part II]
    Last week's magnificent illustrations of Rodin's eloquent sculptures on exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, is followed this week by an evaluation and critique from distinguished art personalities of our time sculptor Jacques Lapchitz, photographer Edward Steichen and author-lecturer Leo Steinberg.
  • Auguste Rodin [Part I]
    The French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, is recalled via word-and-picture essay. The filmed segment of Rodin's sculpture is made possible by the massive current exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and Rainier Maria Rilke's fascination with his friend's genius is culled from among the poet's work. The visual greatness of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the beauty of Rainier Maria Rilke's poetic critique combine to make this half hour an extraordinary adventure for Camera Three adherents.moreless
  • The Decade Coming
    The Decade Coming
    Episode 34
    Camera Three celebrates it's 10th anniversary recollecting the worlds of its original purpose "To stimulate interest in any one of the humanities in a new and interesting way ... to be free to experiement and to fail" - and then by looking ahead to "the decade coming" with speculative thoughts on plans ahead.moreless
  • Actor's Studio
    Actor's Studio
    Episode 33
    A fine opportunity to listen to a dedicated youthful group of actors (Geraldine Page, Paul Newman, Rip Torn, Michael Wager, Fred Stewart, and Frank Corsaro) who've known individual success, talk about their new group effort, the formation of the Actors' Studio Theater. They've taken up the gauntlet tossed to them by Lee Strasberg and his eminent teaching labors at the Actors' Studio school.moreless
  • Addis and Crofut
    Addis and Crofut
    Episode 32
    Steve Addis and Bill Crofut, our recently returned "cultural ambassadors" from a State Department sponsored trip to the Far East. In addition to folk songs and comment, the highlight of the show is a film made of their songfest in Burma.
  • Mondo Cane
    Mondo Cane
    Episode 31
    A look at the controversial film Mondo Cane glimpsing into the cultural practices throughout the world told in vignettes is explored with excerpts from the shocking film are shown.
  • Springtime
    Episode 30
    A Poetry reading of works by Keats, Blake and Whitman. John Keats My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness,- That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees, In some melodious plot Of beechen green, and shadows numberless, Singest of summer in full-throated ease.moreless
  • The Image of Walt Whitman
    A look at the long dead poet's work and the imprint he has left behind in the minds of Americans. His literature and personality were as colorful and controversial as the he himself was. A reading from "Leaves of Grass". "Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest. Unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs! Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."moreless
  • Finders in the Dark
    Finders in the Dark
    Episode 28
    The late poet John V.A. Weaver wrote in two languages: English and American according to H.L. Mencken, author of "The American Language". Weaver was the first to write poetry successfully in the vernacular. He later turned to the more conventional literary English. Both are heard in a dramatic presentation by actress Peggy Wood. Current president of the American National Theater and Academy and a distinguished performer for more than 50 years, including several as TV's "Mama", Miss Wood has been touring American universities presenting readings of the poems of Weaver, who was her first husband. from "Ghost" by John V.A. Weaver Just when you think you got me wiped out clear, Some bird that's singin' - moonlight on a hill - Some lovely thing'll hurt like it would kill, And you'll hear somethin' whisperin', "he's here"...moreless
  • The Reminiscences Of Wanda Landowska
    A dramatization of the world famous Harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (July 5, 1877 - August 16, 1959) as read by Agnes Moorehead.
  • Andorra
    Episode 26
    Swiss writer Max Frisch discusses his play "Andorra". The work is a symbolic search for man's personal identity. A scene from his 1954 novel "I'm Not Stiller" is illustrative of his unorthodox habit of thought.
  • The Right to be Let Alone
    A discussion of the book of the same name by authors lawyers Morris L. Ernst and Alan U. Schwartz who talk with host James Macandrew about their attempt to acquaint the layman with legal areas which relate to rights of privacy.
  • The Landscape of Dali
    An examination of the art of surrealist Salvador Dali is based on "The World of Salvador Dali" a book by Robert Deschantes.
  • The Problem That Has No Name
    A modern woman's search for identity and this quest is examined in a dramatization based on psychologist Betty Friedan's book "The Feminine Mystique". Miss Friedan discusses the creative impulse in women. Appearing in sketch are Beverly Owen, Shirley Blanc, Kathryn Eames, Ernest Graves and Kate Wilkinson.
  • The Image of Pope
    The Image of Pope
    Episode 22
    A dramatization of the outlook and views of 18th-century author Alexander Pope. Pope's poems and leters and biographical material by Samuel Johnson are utilized in play form.
  • Letters From the Earth
    In spite of the fact that Mark Twain's famous humor has always been tinged with vitriol, the excerpts from the soon-to-be-published letters you'll be hearing today, hold more surprises than you might expect. There's a kind of raging anger against man's "hypocrisy and arrogance" particularly in connection with religion that will startle you with its vehemence. Dr. Robert W. Spike of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and Prof. William M. Gibson discuss Twain's thrusts.moreless
  • Dirge With Variations
    David Amram will discuss with host James Macandrew the differences in the sound of music in different centuries. The Marlboro Trio which takes its name from the celebrated Marlboro Festival in Vermont, where the group first played together is made up of violinist Michael Tree, pianist Mitchell Andrews and cellist David Soyer. The Trio performs a movement from the Brahms Trio in B major and Amram's "Dirge and Variations" a work the young American composer dedicated to them when they played it in its first New York performance at Town Hall last month.moreless
  • Parnassus '62
    Parnassus '62
    Episode 19
    Bramwell Fletcher reads from Shaw, Frost and MacLeish.
  • The Poorhouse Fair
    The Poorhouse Fair
    Episode 18
    John Updike's "The Poorhouse Fair", novel about the unpremeditated revolt of poorhouse inmates against authority is dramatized.
  • The Human Voice
    The Human Voice
    Episode 17
    Soprano Marjorie Hayward Madey solos in Francis Poulenc's one-act opera.
  • In Praise of Wine
    In Praise of Wine
    Episode 16
    A portion of the program is devoted to literary commendations of what John Keats called "Beaded Bubbles". A group of actors will read excerpts from the prose and poetry of such authors as Keats, Thomas Love Peacock, Charles Dickens and Robert Herrick all in praise of the grape. In the other segment Robert J. Misch will discuss the more practical aspects of the subject and offer up on selecting and serving wines. Misch considered one of the world's outstanding wine authorites has written numerous articles and lectured throughout the country on American and French wine making.moreless
  • Fairy Tales
    Fairy Tales
    Episode 15
    Actress Cathleen Nesbitt reads tales by Hans Christian Andersen. The Andersen's fairy tales are , "The Top and the Ball," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Darning Needle".
  • Theater on Film Part II
    Director Sidney Lumet continues his discussion on the problems involved in adapting a stage play to the screen, in the second of a two-parter on the subject. John Gassner, of Yale University's play wrighting and dramatic literature department, and film consultant Peretz Johnnes join Lumet for an analysis of his handling of the film, "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Of special interest to the student of the theater and motion pictures.moreless
  • Joyce Flissler
    Joyce Flissler
    Episode 13
    American violinist Joyce Flissler who won the 1958 International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, is the program's special guest. Joyce plays a sonata by Jean Marie Leclair, Tchaikovsky's Serenade Melancolique, and the Third Unaccompanied Sonata by the contemporary composer Eugene Ysaye.
  • Theater on Film Part I
    Director Sidney Lumet describes transferring a stage play to the screen. Since his experience and his filmed illustrations include excerpts from the works of Eugene O'Neill; Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, students of both, media and fans of this series. Part 1 of a two-part series.
  • Jazz Stylings
    Jazz Stylings
    Episode 11
    The style of Jazz singer Nina Simone, tap dancer Paul Draper and the harmonica expertise of Larry Adler in performance is shown.
  • A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler
    A virtuoso performer, 20-year-old violinist Jaime Laredo, plays a variety of familiar Kreisler compositions including "Schon Rosmarin," and "Old Viennese Dance Tunes," as well as the first movement of Kreisler's string quartet with violinists Sylvia Rosenberg cellist David Soyer and violist Michael Tree. A charming way to keep composer Kreisler's music alive.moreless
  • Hemingway
    Episode 9
    Marcelline Hemingway Sanford, sister of the late Ernest Hemingway talks about her new book, "At the Hemingways" with dramatized segments.
  • New York Stories
    New York Stories
    Episode 8
    Ogden Nash's poetry and S.J. Perelman's New Yorker stories tickle your funny bone, tune in for a discussion between them on anything at all that strikes their fancy.
  • Under the Mountain Wall
    Peter Matthiessen author and naturalist of "Under the Mountain Wall" A Chronicle of Two Seasons in the Stone Age" talks about his non-fiction study in a hidden valley of great beauty, lost in the mountains of New Guinea and the people that live there untouched by civilization, direct survivors of the Stone Age.moreless
  • Jazz of Bill Evans
    Jazz of Bill Evans
    Episode 6
    A half hour recital from a talented threesome, pianist Bill Evans, drummer Paul Montian and bass player Chuck Israels.
  • Bentley on Brecht
    Bentley on Brecht
    Episode 5
    The songs and poems of Bertolt Brecht as adapted and performed by Eric Bentley take center stage.
  • A Lesson in Bach
    A Lesson in Bach
    Episode 4
    Rosalyn Tureck one of the world's foremost interpreters of Bach, demonstrates her technique and approach to the composer's music.
  • Fathers and Sons
    Fathers and Sons
    Episode 3
    A dramatization of Ivan Turgenev's 1862 novel "Fathers and Sons" deals with emotional and eventual breakdown of beliefs and idioms. A mother afraid of her sons rejection of God and her husband's devotion to God and his son come into play.
  • Tribute to the Late E.E. Cummings
    Whimsical American poet E.E. Cummings born Edward Estlin Cummings in 1894 and died September 3rd, 1962, first published his work in 1922 with the novel "The Enormous Room" based on his time in a French prison camp during World War I. One of his most famous poems is the 1925 poem "I Like My Body". Opening lines "I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more. "Love is the voice under all the silence; the hope which has no opposite in despair; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness; the truth more first than sun, more last than star."moreless
  • Alvin Alley Dance Theatre
    Modern dance enthusiasts get an opportunity to sample the work of the Alvin Alley Dance Theatre group. Their "Roots of the Blues" dance, there's folk singer along to underline the folk quality of the work, but their "creation of the world" remains abstract.