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Interview and film clips trace Sidney Poitier''''s rise from humble beginnings in the Bahamas to his position as the first black super-star.
A three-part special examining D.W. Griffith's contributions to filmmaking.
A loving tribute to Astaire the singer.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a middle-class Mexican-American teenager living in Los Angeles who comes to her father's aid when she discovers that he is an illegal alien.
After his World War I triumphs in the Arab deserts, T.E. Lawrence encounters a collection of power-broker diplomats at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he risks his reputation in order to fulfill his promise to create an Arab homeland free of foreign intervention.
A two-part documentary about the life of film comedian Harold Lloyd, covering his beginnings in Hollywood, his time with Hal Roach's acting company, and the advent of sound in motion pictures. Lloyd's life is drawn from film clips, home movies, photo stills and interviews with colleagues, family and
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a youngster's struggles to hold his family together after his parents decide to get a divorce.
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart.
A young girl places herself and the child for whom she babysits in jeopardy when she joins a street musician to organize a special evening for the neighborhood homeless.
A four-part Canadian adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic novel for young people. An elderly bachelor and his spinster sister want to adopt an orphan to help with the farm chores. But the orphanage mistakenly sends a mischievous, talkative, headstrong girl.The drama relates the adventures of Anne
A drama about growing up on the streets of a major American city. The story focuses on a troubled young woman from a wealthy and respected New England family who, after getting into trouble with the law, becomes entangled in a strange relationship with a dedicated juvenile probation officer for the
A teenage immigrant from El Salvador finds herself stuck between wanting to hold on to her cultural roots and the desire to be accepted by her American peers.
Minnesota farmers deal with overproduction and foreclosures.
The story of black civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, who worked as field director in Jackson, Mississippi, for the NAACP, and who, after delivering a speech in which he vowed to complete the task of assuring equal right to the African-Americans of Jackson, was assassinated on June 11, 1963.
A comic science-fiction story about an anti-hero in a not-so-distant time. Aram Fingal, a tiny cog in the giant wheel of a huge conglomerate, becomes lost in the inner workings of a massive computer when he illegally taps its off-limits "old movie" storage bank, and is "trans-computerized" into Rick
Production Companies (feature film)
In September 2002, three French neofascist 'skinheads' went to a public park in Rheims looking for an 'Arab' to attack when they came across Francois Chenu, a young gay man. When he refused to deny his homosexuality when taunted with gay slurs, he was viciously beaten and thrown unconscious into a p
The tale follows a three-day journey through the hills and valleys of a complicated marriage. Georgia is 35-years-old and looking for love; her husband Money is also embarked on a quest, although he is not too sure what he is trying to find. Georgia and Money are fighting outside their friend's h
Using Jamaica as its focus, filmmaker Stephanie Black presents an in-depth examination of the impact of the International Monetary Fund's global economic policies on a developing nation's economy. The program represents the views of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government officials and p
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These
A childhood memoir of impending parental loss interweaving animations of 7th grade drawings with vintage TV footage, lost & found sound and metaphoric imagery.
Inspired by a 1906 poem from early African American writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, this unique drama explores aspects of Black culture in both turn of the century and present day Chicago in two parallel love stories, both about the relationship between a Deaf woman and a hearing man. The narrative re
Film is part documentary, part memoir and personal essay - weaving together facts, reflections and impressions about the meaning and lingering effects of the World War II internment on the Japanese-American community. It does not present the Japanese-Americans as model citizens in the camps, but as
In 1997, as Hong Kong changed hands from British to Chinese rule, Ruby Yang was present to document the transition. In addition to recording her own perspective, Yang gave video camcorders to three other young Hong Kong citizens: hardworking Qi Ke Jia who struggles with three jobs and college applic
The story of two women and the support group that anchors them. Debbie is a forty-three year old midwife. We Watch her story develop--from her pregnancy by a known donor, through the birth of her baby, and finally to the celebration of her son's first birthday. Jan, also forty-three, has a bumpier r
The story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916 and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950's. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across Ame
Two military police on routine patrol discover a young US marine, recently back from combat in the Gulf, digging a hole in the middle of the Mojave Desert. His car, parked near-by, contains the bloody body of his wife, and he is arrested for murder. The murdered wife's violated spirit patrols the ai
Set during the abortive 1960 attempt by imperial guards to overthrow Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie, a drama which concentrates on the panic-stricken flight of Yosef, a young aristocrat-turned-revolutionary after a coup fails which he had secretly masterminded.
During the American Civil War, a Union Army Captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky. They come across a small, remote farm worked by Sarah Anders, a proud and defiant woman whose husband fights for the Confederates and whose daughter has been
A portrait of Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial, and other major public works of art. It tells the gripping story of how an unknown student was able to create, against great odds and intense political opposition, stunning memorials with profound impa
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman records the principal dancers of the American Ballet Theater in rehearsal in their New York studios, and on stage during a tour of Athens and Copenhagen in the spring of 1992. This is Wiseman's 27th documentary and his first about a cultural institution.
Having just completed his freshman year at MIT, Ray discovers he will have to forfeit his prestigious summer internship in order to care for his mother, who's laid up in bed with a broken leg she suffered in a suicide attempt. Yearning to break free, Ray gets caught up in a sequence of tragicomic ev
Profile of the reclusive expatriate artist who speaks about his writing and music, his marriage to Jane Bowles, his use of drugs, Bertolucci's 1990 film version of "The Sheltering Sky" and his intriguing array of friends.
Based on the critically acclaimed 1990 book by Allan Berube, nine gay and lesbian veterans of WWII tell their stories in interviews which are combined with an array of declassified documents, photographs and archival footage.
Scored to John Zorn's idiosyncratic arrangement of the Kurt Weill song "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God," the film presents an internal reading of choreographer Sally Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History."
Political activist, musician, sexual misfit and legendary writer Ginsberg re-defined poetry with his 1956 masterpiece "Howl." This documentary looks at Ginsberg's life and work and includes interviews with Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Joan Baez, William S. Burroughs and Timothy Leary.
Premise is similar to, though not as comic as, McElwee's previous film "Sherman's March" (USA/1986). McElwee documents his own life and those close to him as he explores the meaning of his marriage and the deaths of two family members.
Contending with AIDS, alienation, suicide, drugs and gaybashing, a group of queer teens muddle through with wit, irony and wide-open hearts.
Peter falls for Rita upon first meeting her, and the two begin a whirlwind romance that quickly leads to marriage. But when another man kisses Rita on her wedding day, the two magically change souls, and Peter must track down the love of his life if he is ever to truly see her again.
The film documents the filmmaker's seven-year journey to find and meet his father.
An African-American girl from Brooklyn fights to build a better life.
The filmmaker, through the use of documentary footage and cardboard cutout characters, comes to terms with her beloved grandmother's death.
Story of two Jewish teenagers, Nathan "Babe" Leopold Jr and Richard "Dicky" Loeb, involved in the kidnapping and murder of a boy in 1924.
The story of despair played out by a black family in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing projects.
An alienated blackjack dealer mourns her missing husband.
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, leads her blind father into exile. After his death, his sons battle and kill each other. Antigone buries the brother and is renounced a traitor by the state. For this act she is condemned to a living death.
Story of an immigrant experience, focusing on a Chinese family living in New York City's Chinatown.
A look at the ups and downs of modern relationships.
A meditation on passivity and commitment in the late 20th century which takes a reflective look at citizenry overwhelmed and benumbed by a ceaseless stream of media images.
A French actress, living in Manhattan, and a Wall Street broker both take refuge in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A look at the subculture of gay Harlem, which features drag balls, where gay blacks and hispanics, representing various "houses," compete for trophies. The film details the lives of flamboyant characters with names like Pepper LeBeija, Willie Ninja and Venus Xtravaganza, who live to strut their stuf
In the fall of 1985, the reknowned artist Christo covers Paris' Pont-Neuf with 440,000 square feet of woven polymide fabric.
While driving to Los Angeles a motorist reminisces about the formative influence of the automobile.
Three stories which, each in its own distinct visual style, explore themes of moral and social transgression: "Hero," shot in a mock TV-documentary style depicts a gruesome patricide; "Horror," filmed like a 1950s B-movie tells the tale of a mad science experiment gone horribly wrong; and "Homo" exp
AIDS takes its toll on a group of affluent white male homosexual friends in New York City over a ten year period.
An evocation of Los Angeles and Southern California.
Filmed theater performance of Peter Brook's international touring company production of the Indian classic.
Suspicions and circumstances get the best of people, as one woman seems certain that her lover is having an affair.
A hopeful teacher uses math to give his gang-member students self esteem.
Using interviews and re-enactments, the film examines the 1976 murder of a Dallas policeman, and the wrongful conviction of one of the two men implicated in the killing.
A young Iranian woman fends for herself in America in spite of the wishes of her newfound friends after her husband is accidentally killed.
Personal documentary by the granddaughter of a Japanese- American internee, Masuo Yasui, during World War II.
The music and dance rituals of the Yup'ik Eskimos.
Explores the lives of a few Boston girls in different stages of their teen years in order to humanzie the statistics about runaways, teen pregnancies and abused children.
Ken is a Japanese-American rock muscian who marries a Japanese girl named Kyoko so that she can remain in the United States. The fact that Kyoko speaks no English is a problem for Ken, who speaks no Japanese. But Ken has a much bigger problem when he begins to fall in love with Kyoko who does not re
Around a familiar theme--the dissolution of a marriage--avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainer constructs an honest, graceful and wickedly funny account of a self-satisfied womanizer, Jack Deller, the man "who almost knows too much about women."
A small-town teenage girl, in the throes of coming-of-age, becomes determined to lose her virginity and does so with a much older, mysterious ladies'' man.
A mother and daughter are at odds in a Chinese-American family over the fact that the daughter has not married yet.
Filmmakers trace the role of the Highlander Folk School in fighting to desegregate the South.
This documentary focuses on the successful career and assassination of San Francisco''s first elected gay councilor.
A documentary about the American Communist Party movement in the 1930s.
A small-town newspaper reporter along the Florida Gulf, Jimmy is waiting for that "flash of green," a Gulf mirage said to occur during sunset. Caring for his dying wife is the only heroic thing that Jimmy does, counterbalanced by the very unheroic act of taking bribes to help a boyhood friend, now a
Three separate stories about women and men trying to cope with their relationships with each other, parents and children.
The story of two Central American political refugees who flee the coffee fields of Guatemala when their father is killed and their mother is arrested by the military.
The experiences of women who work at jobs traditionally done by men are explored. The story of the friendship between a truck driver named Anna and an upper middle-class physician named Diana is told, and this is intercut with fictionalized interviews of other women doing "men's" jobs.
A translation error causes tragedy for a Mexican-American family.
Director Werner Herzog combats bad weather, morale problems and a South American war to make his epic Fitzcarraldo.
Set in San Francisco's Chinatown district, two Chinese taxi drivers, one middle-aged and set in his ways, the other youthful and hip, search for an older partner who's vanished with their funds.
A documentary study of women in army life.
Portrait of the Weavers, the acclaimed American vocal group that introduced traditional folk songs and labor songs to a popular audience.
The forces of nature--volcanic eruptions, lightning, turbulent water, an eclipse of the moon--awaken Lucifer.
Eva and David have been married for forty years, and their marriage has not been terribly happy. But when the couple travel to San Francisco to see their grandchildren, they rediscover the love that they once felt for each other.
Clarence and Angel are two 12-year-old outsiders--one bright but illiterate, the other wildly imaginative "problem child"--who discover the best in themselves through each other.
A woman who has a terminal illness struggles to accept her fate. But this acceptance is even more difficult for her lover, her sister and her daughter.
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex
The screenplay is adapted from a novel by Marjorie Kennin Rawlings, better known I think for her book The Yearling which has also been films. Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her daddy's money and her cooking and cleaning, which she freely shares. Inevitably, he shows his true colors in a variety of ways. One day he brings home a very young woman with clear intentions of keeping her as a mistress (a gal young 'un) in the older woman's house. Business takes him elsewhere and the two woman are left alone in the woods together to come to terms with their shared exploitedness. The older woman's slowburn and eventual retaliation are masterfully crafted.
Ray Sorenson was born in Sweden, but moved to North Dakota to farm there. In 1915, Ray organizes a populist group called the Nonpartisan League in response to bank foreclosures that have threatened the way he and his neighbors make their livings
In early 20th century Wyoming, Elinore arrives at the home of reclusive Scottish farmer Clyde Stewart to work as his housekeeper. Although she is poorly paid, Elinore works tirelessly in the hope that she will save enough money to provide a better life for her 10-year-old daughter Jerrine. Clyde is
A New England household is upset by the arrival of two cousins from Europe.
A documentary about the California Youth Authority Prison in Chino, California.
This animated version of the classic Samuel Taylor Coleridge p m, tells the story of the elderly mariner who kills an albatross which results in his great misfortune.The mariner recounts the sad story at a wedding.
John Huston narrates this documentary about the government investigation of alleged Communist infiltration of show business. Includes interviews with Ronald Reagan, Dalton Trumbo and Gale Sondergaard.
A semi-autobiographical docudrama about rape by Martha Coolidge in which she reconstructs her own rape at age 16, when a high school date with an older boy turns violent.
A disruption of the expected relationship between image and "voice" in a way that transforms Rainer's intensely personal material, and challenges traditional ideas about narrative.
A revue of dances from various Bob Fosse musicals, including "Sweet Charity," "Pajama Game" and "Pippin."
Performances by popular polka bands are interwoven with slice-of-life views of this multi-generational phenomenon. The program takes a side trip to polka shrines such as Art's Concertina Bar, listed in the National Historic Registry as the only concertina bar in the world, and the LoDuca Accordian F
Documentary with clips and commentary from fellow actors on the life and career of Gene Kelly. Interviews with Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron and Betty Garrett.
The 1935 American classic opera by George Gershwin in collaboration with Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward tells of a love affair between an old beggar and a beauty from Catfish Row, a 1920s Charleston, South Carolina, slum.
Biography of Samuel Goldwyn, one of Hollywood's founding fathers. Adapted from the biography by A. Scott Berg, the documentary contains film clips as well as rare footage and photography and first-person interviews.
Whoppi Goldberg receives one of America's top prizes for humor, becoming the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
A collaborative rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker 2slat." The performance features the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, interspersed with movements from the Ellington/Strayhorn arrangement, performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis.
Three thousand years after the Trojan War became legend, director and playwright John Barton set out on his own odyssey to resurrect the ancient stories in a fresh new light, to illuminate the modern world in an epic 10-play cycle entitled "Tantalus," which premiered as the Denver Center For the Per
Tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young demonstrate their versatility in a program of opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, spirituals and gospel.
Documentary that chronicles the founding of the Sun Records label by Sam Phillips. The program features contemporary artists performing the music of Sun Records artists, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.
Coverage of the Mostly Mozart Festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary. The concert includes performances of Mozart's "Piano Concerto No 22" and "Requiem."
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
A musical celebration of Independence Day from the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.
Special that showcases Irish music, dance and culture from the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington DC. The program opens with a remembrance of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 journey to Ireland. During that visit, Kennedy was met by enthusiastic crowds in Galway and other parts of the island.
Tracks the struggles and transformations that come into the lives of 5 American girls who live in some of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods -- Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha and Haibinh -- as they confront the challenges of growing up in female in America. While revealing differences in race and class tha
Born in London but raised in the old Hollywood studio system, Elizabeth Taylor remains a silver-screen icon. A favorite leading lady of Tennessee Williams, she dazzled as Shakespeare's Kate and won an Oscar as Edward Albee's Martha. She is one of the most famous women in the world and is remembered
A profile of two young women following their dreams to become professional football players in an all-women start-up tackle football league.
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological
Documentary that captures the behind-the-scenes story of the full-day cast-album recording session as the company lays down the score Mel Brooks expanded from his 1968 film "The Producers." The entire cast is on hand, led by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, plus director Susan Stroman and writer/c
Concert performance of Broadway love songs from City Center, New York City, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Native Americans are struggling to protect sacred sites in the American West. Ten years in the making, the documentary profiles three such efforts, juxtaposing reflections on the spiritual meaning of place by Hopi, Lakota and Wintu elders with interviews with non-Indians who have their own ideas abo
Documentary that chronicles the life and work of George Segal, the sculptor known for his life-size plaster casts of ordinary people caught in the act of daily life. The internationally known artist, formerly a New Jersey chicken farmer, became a sensation during the Pop Art movement of the '60s, an
A documentary series that focuses on contemporary visual art in the United States and on the artists, both established and emerging, At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Using a variety of media and techniques
Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley grew up to become one of the most influential musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Initially using music as a way out of the ghetto, he became the voice of a country and an ambassador for peace and racial harmony throughout the wor
The program celebrates the master of the 20th century musical -- Richard Rodgers -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Rodgers composed over 800 songs and wrote more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collabo
A portrait of four working-class women and their families in the New York City area, struggling to move off public assistance under the nation's new welfare laws. Examines the street-level impact of the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act, just as the act's five-year limit on public assistance goes int
Special that explores the personal lives of young pianists who were selected to go to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2001 to perform in the world's preeminent piano competition. The program also examines the essential nature of a pianist as both private individual and performer.
Alan King hosts his third university forum exploring the historical principles of stand-up comedy from Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Performance-documentary celebrating the music of Aaron Copland on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program traces the development of Copland's work for the concert hall, theater and film, as well as his ballets for Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham.
An adaptation of "Don Giovanni" from the point of view of Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello. Taking the form of a film within a film, the program is simultaneously set in two separate eras -- 1930s Hollywood and 17th century Spain. Opening in 1930, the program presents Leporello as the host of a mov
Hedrick Smith talks with legendary pianist, composer and bandleader Dave Brubeck, who is still performing and creating new music at the age of 80. The program remembers Brubeck's career, reveals projects he is currently working on and explores his distinctive style, a fusion of jazz and classical.
The Houston Grand Opera's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's story of the coming of age of the four March sisters -- Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy -- in 19th century New England.
A literary biography of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The program includes excerpts from private letters, photos from family albums, interviews with Fitzgerald's friends and E.L. Doctorow, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald's drawings and paintings.
Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made m
A musical tribute to the World War II generation, the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and a 10th anniversary salute to the veterans of Desert Storm. The concert also honors former P.O.W.s of the Korean War and those who served in Vietnam.
The New York City Opera presents Puccini's "La Boheme," about the lives and loves of a group of young Bohemians in Paris (reset at the outbreak of World War I).
A scientific and historical overview of the natural workings of Tallgrass Prairie, North America's most endangered ecosystem and the source of the soil that creates the United States' "breadbasket." The heroes of this important and imperiled ecosystem are modern-day ranchers, who follow the lead of
The New York Philharmonic performs in memory of victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Adaptation of A.R. Gurney's play "Far East." Set in occupied Japan in 1954, the story focuses on a young naval officer, Sparky Watts, who is the heir to a Milwaukee beer fortune, and his relationship with his ship's captain and the captain's wife, Julia. Watts becomes trapped between his love for a
A salute to the third annual Mark Twain Prize-winner -- author, actor, writer and director Carl Reiner -- from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC.
A profile of Merce Cunningham, one of the great 20th century choreographers, acclaimed for his abstraction, innovation and imagination. Merce opened his dance studio in 1953 and went on to choreograph over 150 pieces throughout his career.
American soprano Renee Fleming presents an intimate musicale, a program of classical favorites and standard American tunes.
Recovering from a debilitating stroke, Chinese/Vietnamese artist Paul Kwan must relearn how to use a wok. While he turns to food for lessons about history and memory, his sister Diana, a recent immigrant and struggling entrepreneur, regards it as the key to economic survival.
Documentary that chronicles a year in the life of an immigrant Dominican family living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mayra, Aida and Monica are three American-born daughters, each traveling down different roads in this country. Over the course of a year and a half, Sandra and Bautista -- their parents -
Profile of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who played a major role in introducing America to modern art while championing the elevation of photography as an art form. Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keefe were just a few of the first wave of American artists whom Stieglitz mentored through
Documentary that traces the development of uniquely American music genres during the 20th century, including blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, western swing, Tejano and Native American. Archival footage of the pioneers of this music, collected from more than 150 sources throughout th
Featuring former students of Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute, the film focuses on dance education. It explores the impact of early exposure to the arts and the potential to transform the lives of children.
Highlights of the Lincoln Center Festival, including African pop superstar Youssou N'Dour and his band, Super Etoile; La Scala Ballet dancing Luciano Cannito's "Amarcord" (inspired by the Fellini film); Roland Petit's "Carmen," featuring Alessandra Ferri; Cirque Plume from France; and Midsummer Nigh
Set within the border community of migrant Mexican-American farmworkers, this rites-of-passage documentary introduces viewers to Elizabeth, a vibrant young woman who's soon to be married to her Mexican sweetheart. However, it's also a portrait of a family and community keeping alive their roots in M
A performance of "La Forza del Destino," Giuseppe Verdi's tale of family loyalties divided by romance. Giuseppe Verdi's original 1862 version of "La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny), especially written to debut at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, differs in many respects from his 1869 r
Live coverage of a celebration of the Fourth of July from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC.
Presentation of the Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner," the story of a famous, irascible, big-city radio personality (based on Alexander Woolcott) who is forced by injury to spend several weeks in the home of an unassuming Midwest middle-class family. Th
Adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's stage musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," an interpretation of the biblical story of Joseph of Canaan.
The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis celebrate 100 years of Louis Armstrong, the first great soloist in jazz, with a series of concerts featuring Armstrong originals, songs with which he was closely associated and other classic tunes from the era in which he came of age -- 1920s New
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's short play about Fredericka Rose, an urban newspaper reporter ordered to do a "puff piece" interview with centenarian Bob Ryan. Fredericka goes through the motions with the old man, turning on the phony charm and professional manipulation, trying not to show her irri
The debut of a new dramatic work, "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," by poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, that is an affirmation of the work of human rights activists. A staged reading of the play at the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC, is intercut
Documentary about Chuck Jones, the creator of animated characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and other "Toons."
An unconventional master class on the art of comedy with "Professor" Alan King, videotaped at Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
Coverage of the Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000 concert, featuring pianist Maurizio Pollini accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Christoph Von Dohnanyi.
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Church of Saint Mary in Krakow, Poland, to commemorate the orchestra's 1882 founding and to reaffirm the cultural life of a reborn European community. With Bernard Haitink as guest conductor, the concert features soprano Christine Schafer performing
Documentary that tells the story of African-Americans in opera from the time of Paul Robeson. Featured in interviews are the first black baritone to perform at the Met, Robert McFerrin, his son Bobby McFerrin, Grace Bumbry and Leontyne Price, as well as opera company directors and orchestra conducto
Documentary that profiles Ellis Marsalis -- pianist, teacher, role model and father of musicians Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis.
After 40 years, 68-year-old Sylvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern reality. Filmmaker Stephen Olsson presents Sylvia's tapestry of memories, which contrasts sharply with recollections from working-class Cubans.
Giacomo Puccini's three-act opera, "Tosca," based on the play by Victorien Sardou. This production is set in Mussolini's Fascist Rome in the 1930s. There, the destinies of the prima donna Tosca, her lover Cavardossi, a leftist painter, and the sinister police chief Scarpia are intertwined.
Trilogy of one-act operas set in New York's Central Park and performed at the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center. In "The Festival of Regrets," congregants from a synagogue meet at the Bethesda Fountain for tashlich, a ceremony in which one throws bread into the water, symbolically casting off the
Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of f
A musical tribute to those who served in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
A portrayal of Las Vegas life, where the temptation of gambling is pervasive. Nationally, it has been estimated that 10 million adults and one million teenagers are addicted to gambling. Through the lives of Las Vegas' local community, reveals a cityscape beyond the grandiose new casino-hotels, a wo
Few dancers imagine a professional life beyond 40, but one company embraces the rich potential of the older dancer. Under artistic director Jiri Kylian, the Nederlands Dans Theatre III strives to break stereotypical limitations. The program features six NDTIII dancers: former Nureyev protege Gary Ch
Music director Kurt Masur and guest soloist Dame Kiri Te Kanawa headline the broadcast of the opening night of the New York Philharmonic's 2000-2001 season from Lincoln Center.
Australian director Gale Edwards' take on the 1971 Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on the London revival, which also played Broadway. Redefined for a contemporary audience, the production rejects quasi-Biblical costumes, psychedelic lighting and hand-mikes for a gritty, police-state wo
A heated battle of beliefs and wills has collided in the normally quiet town of Bedford, New Hampshire, over the legal right to an abortion and the guarantee of free speech. Wayne Goldner is an obstetrician and gynecologist who performs abortions and finds himself fighting to maintain this right on
Profile of violinist Isaac Stern, one of the 20th century's most renowned and celebrated musicians. Stern is also recognized as a teacher, emissary, speaker and humanitarian.
Documentary about photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975), best known as the photographer for the book "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," a collaboration with writer James Agee. A pioneer of the documentary style of photography, Evans was the first photographer to have a one-man retrospective at the Muse
Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Rohan De Silva at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Journeying through the major traditions and stylistic currents that have shaped the 20th century history of the piano, this performance documentary bisects other important developments in music: recording techniques, instrument manufacture, Hollywood films and the psychology of the world's virtuoso
Concert special featuring Paul Simon from the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
In the summer of 1979, violinist Isaac Stern undertook a musical tour of China that was documented in the Oscar-winning film "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China." Now, 20 years later, Stern returns to Beijing to conduct a series of musical encounters, reacquainting himself with the musicians h
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-Beethoven program that features the Ninth Symphony and the Second Piano Concerto in B-flat with Mikhail Pletnev as pianist.
Documentary about environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill. In December 1997, 21-year-old Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet up a thousand-year-old redwood to save it from being clear-cut. For more than two years her feet did not touch the ground.
Profile of author, critic, intellectual, activist Norman Mailer. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1923, Mailer grew up in Brooklyn. At Harvard, he earned his first literary prizes. He joined the Army after graduation with the intention of writing a great war novel. He served as an infantry man in
Documentary about the country's first listener-supported radio station, KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, which went on the air in 1949.
Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever
Profile of Lucille Ball, the first female television superstar and first solo female head of a major studio.
Musical loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," that follows the adventures of a young woman who poses as a man to pursue her dream of being a songwriter. Performed at the Pasadena Playhouse.
A presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem Mass from St. Thomas Church in New York City.
Concert special celebrating the 20th anniversary of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter's January 3, 1980 debut with the New York Philharmonic. The program is broadcast from Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Soprano Renee Fleming, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, under the direction of Mark Elder, perform in the opening night gala of the 35th anniversary season of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series. The first half of the program features Fleming and Hvorostovksy perfor
Documentary that explores classic works that have been controversial -- and explores their current relevance. Featured in Mark Twain's novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; Manet's painting, "Olympia"; Hollywood movies, censorship and the Production Code of the 1930s and '40s; and jazz in the
Profile of Tejana singer Selena, who was on the brink of crossover fame when her murder at age 23 catapulted her into mainstream celebrity.
A celebration of the songs of Rodgers & Hart. Features interviews, classic clips and new renditions of their songs.
To celebrate the 100th birthday of pianist, arranger and bandleader Duke Ellington , Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform selections of Ellington's music. The program also features swing dancing and documentary sequences that explore Ellington's compassions as a composer.
Documentary about controversial playwright Lillian Hellman.
Special that examines the array of music that has grown up around the Mississippi River. Part one travels from the river's headwaters in Minnesota to Iowa, and covers such divergent genres as Scandinavian fiddle, Dixieland jazz, Tex-Mex and Ojibway. Part two, moving from Illinois to Kentucky, showca
The annual New York Philharmonic opening night gala from Avery Fisher Hall for the fall 1999 season.
A presentation of the opening night of the Mostly Mozart Festival from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.
Special concert performance saluting the women of the Great White Way.
Documentary profiling the tempestuous association between two of the greatest figures in Hollywood history, producer David O. Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, whose clashes played out dramatically against the backdrop of the disintegrating institution of the Hollywood studio system.
Profile of architect/designer Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. The program transports viewers through Northern Arizona, New Mexico and the Four Corners region, exploring the landscape and design imagery characteristic of Colter's wor
Documentary about the social impact of American photography in the 20th century. Features famous and rarely seen historical and contemporary images and provides insights from experts, scholars and historians. Part 1 examines the time period of 1900-1934. Part 2 explores 1935-1959 and the explosion o
The 1999 opening night concert from Carnegie Hall. Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.
A look at the years between 1920 and 1949, when 178 women joined ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Their work turned up from vaudeville to Broadway, from the repertoire of the big bands to the movies of Hollywood. Documents the lives and work of the women of Tin Pan
A presentation of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of "Crazy For You," an adaptation of the 1930 George and Ira Gershwin musical "Girl Crazy." Banking heir and song-and-dance man Bobby Child, is sent by his mother to foreclose on the Gaiety Theater in Deadrock, Nevada. Instead, he falls in love w
Guest artists perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Erich Kunzel live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Andrea Bocelli sings selections from religious music featured on his "Sacred Arias" CD. Taped at the Roman basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
The New York City Opera presents "Lizzie Borden," an opera about the unsolved murders of the parents of Lizzie Borden.
Documentary profile of singer Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song.
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Kurt Masur, and special guests, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with conductor Wynton Marsalis present a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington from Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Includes selections from Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt" cond
Performance of Mozart's four-act opera "Le Nozze di Figaro." Figaro and Susanna, servants respectively to Count and Countess Almaviva, are to be married. Tired of the count's philandering ways, the countess and the servants decide it's time to teach him a lesson. They disguise the flirtatious page C
Documentary examining 20th century African-American art through the stories of African-American writers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers.
Live coverage of the annual Independence Day celebration from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Erich Kunzel, performs the music of Duke Ellington, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Also, the U.S. Army Fife & Drum Corps salute George W
Tribute to the king of the blues, Muddy Waters from the Kennedy Center's Opera House. Presented in three acts: "The Chicago Years," focuses on Waters' first hits; "The First Train From Clarksdale," describes his early years in Mississippi; and "Got His MoJo Working," takes the audience through his l
Documentary profile of Norman Rockwell, one of 20th-century America's most enduring and popular artists.
Profile of artist Robert Rauschenberg, known for blurring the line between painting and sculpture with his multi-sided "combines."
Profile of Dashiell Hammett, a detective turned author who created the character of the hard-boiled detective.
Profile of 93-year-old Christine Burton, who, at age 80, founded Golden Threads, an international network for older gay women. Filmmakers Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton probe mid-life crisis and the collective fear of aging by enlisting Burton as their spiritual guide.
Performance of Tchaikovsky's three-act opera "The Queen of Spades." Ghermann wants to be lucky at both love and cards, but Lisa, the woman he loves, is engaged to Yeletsky.
Concert performance celebrating the 50th birthday of composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming sing classical and popular romantic songs with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Documentary that chronicles the story of the son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries -- his mother in prison, his father in exile -- who was sent as a baby to Mexico to be raised in safety and anonymity. As a teenager, Ernesto/Guillermo learns of his past and collaborates with filmmakers Catherine Ryan
Twenty-two couples dance a complete roster of 10 standard and Latin dance styles, enhanced by innovations drawn from flamenco, Lindy hop, jitterbug, salsa and street dance routines.
A tribute to the late Alvin Ailey by choreographer-dancer Judith Jamison, performance artist-actress Anna Deveare Smith and filmmaker Orlando Bagwell. Features the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performing Jamison's choreography to Smith's synthesis of the dancer's memories of working with Ailey
Placido Domingo performs highlights from "Parsifal," Richard Wagner's opera that dramatizes the mystique of The Grail - the cup which Jesus drank from at The Last Supper. Violeta Urmana joins Domingo as Kundry and Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra and Choir. Features an interview with Wagn
Documentary portrait of singer, actor, author, civil rights activist and sports legend Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Includes exclusive interviews with friends and family, use of personal papers, letters, private films, confidential political documents, medical records and his wife's diaries.
A profile of playwright, cabaret composer and actor Noel Coward (1899-1973). Chronicles his image as a 1920s enfant terrible through his wartime career, his contacts with the Royal Family and his emigration from Britain. Includes clips from a 1969 BBC interview of Coward discussing his career and sc
Concert celebrating 20th century American music to benefit VH1's Save the Music program, which raises funds to re-establish music programs at schools.
Master choreographer Marius Petipa's 1880 adaptation of Lord Byron's "Le Corsaire," with its swashbuckling tale of pirates and slave girls, was originally performed before audiences of imperial Russia, yet has been performed infrequently in America. With this re-staging, American Ballet Theatre is o
A celebration of Latin music from the John F Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
The New York City Ballet performs Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" from the stage of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic featuring violinist Sarah Chang.
Filmmaker David Zeiger films his son Danny's high school band for a year and gets a crash course in love, life and marching in formation. Celebrates the teen years and allows Zeiger to deepen his connection with one son, while paying tribute to the loss of another.
A portrait of Arthur Campbell Jr., a disabled man who is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie.
A celebration of the opening of the season at Carnegie Hall with a centenary salute to composer George Gershwin.
Adaptation of William Shakespeare's play about a young woman who poses as a boy and the complications that ensue when another young woman becomes infatuated with her. Look-alike sister Viola and brother Sebastian are shipwrecked and each presumes the other dead. Viola lands in the kingdom of Illyria
Documentary commemorating the 80th birthday of composer, conductor, teacher and public figure Leonard Bernstein. Includes interviews with Bernstein's family, friends, colleagues, peers and critics and Bernstein's own words, both written and recorded.
Profile of broadcast journalism pioneer Don Hewitt, creator of "60 Minutes," the first television news magazine.
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic in selections from the three Strausses -- Johann, Johann Jr. and Richard -- live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The program features soprano Deborah Voigt, mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and coloratura soprano Noemi Nadelmann.
Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, conducts and performs with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in a program of jazz concertos, live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Special saluting producer Cameron Mackintosh. Includes excerpts from many Mackintosh productions, including "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Song and Dance," "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "Martin Guerre," "Side by Side by Sondheim," "Putting It Together," "Follies" and "Five Guys Named Moe."
Pianist Andre Watts hosts a gala featuring chamber music performed by members of the Chamber Music Society and guest artists.
Luciano Pavarotti and guest artists perform in Modena, Italy, to benefit the children of Liberia.
Presentation of the Washington Opera's production of "I Pagliacci," a popular opera about a comedia dell'arte troupe whose leader is heartbroken when he discovers that his wife is having an affair, and the ultimate revenge that he exacts.
Documentary about the personal and professional partnership of French ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit. Traces their collaboration back to its first international success with "Carmen" in 1949. Also featured are clips from Jeanmaire's Hollywood musicals, her Petit-choreographe
Documentary special offering selections from Frank Sinatra's classic TV specials of the 1960s and '70s. Guests include Ella Fitzgerald, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gene Kelly.
Playwright/actor Sam Shepard discusses his career and reads from his works. Woven throughout are performance excerpts from Shepard plays.
A look at young Burmese girls taken to work as prostitutes in Bangkok, Thailand.
A selection of short films exploring the female experience.
Presentation of Benjamin Britten's opera based on the frontier tall tale about the adventures of legendary American folk hero Paul Bunyan. The presence of the giant lumberjack spurs the colonists' mastery of nature to bring about the development of the continent. Originally produced in the United St
Filmmakers Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate travel across Kentucky to meet the families who have been growing tobacco for generations and face the consequences of the controversary of tobacco in their own backyards.
Documentary and performance footage featuring the leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre.
An operatic adaptation by Andre Previn and Phillip Littell of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Profile of Lou Reed, the Long Island-bred, largely self-taught rock poet, guitarist and composer.
Documentary exploring the history of the controversial American opera, "Porgy and Bess," written by George and Ira Gershwin. Includes footage of rehearsals and early performances of the opera, dramatizations, and interviews with singers, actors, scholars and critics.
Presentation of the Juilliard Opera Center and Opera Orchestra in a new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera "Hansel und Gretel."
A presentation of the stage musical, "Cats," about a magical meeting of assorted cats. Taped at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Physician/filmmaker Maren Monsen tackles the modern medical dilemma, "When does life become a fate worse than death?"
Profile of American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976), best known for inventing the mobile and stabile, and creating wire sculptures.
Performance of composer Tobias Picker's first opera, "Emmeline," based on a true story and later a novel by Judith Rossner. In pre-Civil War Maine, the 13-year-old Emmeline Mosher is sent from her home on a farm in Fayette to earn sorely needed money for her family in the textile mills of Lowell, Ma
Documentary looking at vaudeville as an art form and major influence on the entertainment industry. It features historic performance footage and interviews with surviving vaudevillians and contemporary entertainers in the vaudeville tradition.
A portrait of gospel composers and performers, and the central role the church played in the music's evolution.
New York City Opera production of Giacomo Puccini's tragic love story, "La Boheme." Broadcast live from Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.
A live telecast commemorating the opening night of the New York Philharmonic's 156th season and marking the official celebration of music director Kurt Masur's 70th birthday.
Season-opening concert from New York's Carnegie Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Twenty-one period-garbed contemporary musicians play jazz classics on the Hey Hey Club set re-created for Robert Altman's fiction feature "Kansas City" (USA/1996).
Documentary on the life and career of modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was shaped by Japanese and American cultures.
Documentary of the life and work of author William Styron, whose works include "Sophie's Choice" and "The Confessions of Nat Turner."
A performance of American concert song by baritone Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica Von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell and Jerry Hadley.
Music director Kurt Masur leads the New York Philharmonic and Westminster Symphonic Choir in a performance of Debussy's choral music to the play by Gabriele d'Annunzio about St. Sebastian, the handsome Roman archer who become a Christian martyr and saint. Maria Ewing is the featured soloist in the c
Performance documentary on the life and work of pop hit composer Burt Bacharach.
Special focuses on the community of people who live mobile lives on the road. Ellen Spiro examines the singular lifestyle and views of these nomadic people.
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic, with violinist Maxim Vengerov, in Dvorak's "Overture to Kate and the Devil." The orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2. Telecast live from Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of Man Ray, master of 20th century photography, a painter, a filmmaker, a poet and essayist, a philosopher, and a leader of American modernism.
Reporter-turned-filmmaker Susan Stern explores the history and fantasy of doll/icon Barbie. Features fans, foes and the creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler.
In a collage of documentary and historical footage, Chinese medical charts, animation, and puppetry, filmmaker Paul Kwan goes on a personal quest to subdue an irksome body rash and then to heal from an unexpected and debilitating stroke, using both Western and Chinese medicine. Also examines the hea
Documentary on the life and career of television pioneer who virtually created the late-night talk show format as the host of "The Tonight Show," one of television's longest continually running programs.
Telecast of the annual Fourth of July concert from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The centerpiece of this concert is the 40th anniversary celebration of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."
Concert performance marking the gala opening of Lincoln Center's 30th Most Mozart Festival.
A documentary on Rhode Island Republican candidate Kevin Vigilante's 1994 bid for U.S. Congress against Patrick Kennedy.
In this documentary, Lena Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom from her early days in the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16, to her film career in Hollywood and her caberet career.
Performance of Rossini's comic opera, "La Cenerentola," a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Originally staged by the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), videotaped in performance by the Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Center's Brown Theater.
A documentary portrait of architect, designer, engineer, poet, author, teacher and philosopher Buckminster Fuller--known to some as a genius, to others as a crackpot.
Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Includes a salute to George and Ira Gershwin.
At look at the world of female-rodeo competition.
A reunion concert featuring Peter, Paul & Mary performing with other folk singers.
Performance from New York's Metropolitan Opera of Giuseppe Verdi's opera of the tragic Moor in the service of Venice and his doomed wife. Based on Shakespeare's play, "Othello."
Documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Includes highlights of the team's many television appearances, featuring recently discovered kinescopes of live performances not seen since their original television broadcasts in the late 1950s and 60s. Four of their radi
Multi-part anthology of programs in which featured poets speak, rap, sing and chant works in settings and situations that reflect, comment on, and support their words.
Performance of three dance works choreographed by Paul Taylor, "Company B," "Funny Papers" and "A Field of Grace," set to pop music from the 1950s and 1960s.
Performance from New York's Metropolitan Opera of Giuseppe Verdi's opera of fate and a father's curse that thwart the love of Alvaro and Leonora.
An irreverent look at opera divas and the transforming power of their musical gifts as matched against the more mundane world of their admirers, business managers and conductors. Features archive performances and/or interviews with divas and others.
Performance from New York's Metropolitan Opera celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Met debut of American conductor James Levine. Features more than 60 of the world's major operatic stars performing some of opera's most beloved music, including arias, duets, trios and ensembles, conducted by Maes
Tenth anniversary concert performance of the musical hit, "Les Miserables," based on Victor Hugo's novel. Concludes with a special version of the "Peoples' Song" sung by an international cast of 17 "Valjeans."
Survey of dance segments from the past twenty years of "Dance in America" telecasts.
Excerpts from the television and film career of Danny Kaye, Oscar and Emmy winner, who was also a goodwill ambassador on behalf of UNICEF.
Choreographer Twyla Tharp discusses her distinctive approach to dance, followed by a complete performance of "In the Upper Room," with music by Philip Glass. with other folk singers.
A telecast of a performance of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Passion." Set in 19th century Italy, it depicts the relationship between a sensitive, young army captain and two women: one is beautiful, sensuous and content to live for the moments of passion in their affair; the other is ai
Special features improvised performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and new classical compositions inspired by Appalachian folk tunes. Bobby McFerrin conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's in this concert.
Documentary providing an introduction to the traditions, beliefs and artistry of India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, presenting beloved stories of these four nations: "The Ramayana," "The Gita Govinda," "The Tale of Genji" and Korean Masked Dance-Drama through a blend of paintings, sculpture, shadow
A one-time songwriter rises to produce some of the screen''''s greatest musicals.
Animator Paul Fierlinger recounts his life story in an animated autobiography.
Live telecast of an annual New Year's Day concert in Vienna, Austria, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of music by the Strauss family and others. The Vienna State Opera Ballet also performs two dance sequences.
Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera perform Manuel Penella's 1916 opera "El Gato Montes," about a love triangle between a gypsy woman, a bullfighter and a bandit.
Profile of macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe. Includes dramatizations of his work, interviews with writers and other artists he influenced and footage of his various homes.
Performance documentary observing young jazz master Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins as they work together to create a new jazz dance for the New York City Ballet, "Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)."
Retrospective profile of the actress/singer Julie Andrews. Includes behind-the-scenes look at album recording sessions and rehearsals for the Broadway musical "Victor/Victoria," adapted from her hit movie, as well as clips from her varied film and television musical career.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman explores his personal affection for traditional Jewish music, ranging from Yiddish lullabies to klezmer wedding songs to classical violin solos based on Jewish themes.
Profile of Rod Serling, screenwriter and creator of the television series, "The Twilight Zone."
Live special from the stage of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring the gala opening of the New York Philharmonic's 153rd season.
Profile of tenor and orchestra conductor Placido Domingo.
The Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Madame Butterfly, marries U.S. Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, unaware that he doesn't consider the marriage a serious matter. Butterfly awaits Pinkerton's return to Japan after a three years' absence, learning that he has taken an American wife. Faced with
Adaptation of writer/performer Claudia Shear's one-woman, off-Broadway show. Shear weaves her true misadventures through 64 different jobs and searches for an identity beyond mere job description.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy."
Performance of Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra," the tale of a 14th century naval hero selected the first non-aristocratic Doge of Genoa. He help to heal a bitter conflict between patricians and plebians and is reunited with his long-lost daughter, but only after a plot to unseat him results in his
Documentary portrait of the life and work of fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon who revolutionized the very concept of fashion photography. Avedon, who began his career photographing showbiz personalities, but later moved on to recording ordinary people and political events, left an in
Teresa Stratas, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed are among the singers who perform the songs of Kurt Weill, the classically-trained, socially-conscious, German-born composer who fled the Nazis and became one of Broadway's most creative talents.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, opens the 1995 season at Carnegie Hall with an all-Tchaikovsky program.
A combination of dance, jazz and dramatic stage imagery offering a symbolic exploration of New York, praising its flamboyance, brooding moods, joys, troubles and fantastic fusion of rituals and customs from every world culture.
Live presentation of the commencement to Lincoln Center's 29th annual Mostly Mozart music festival.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Royal Swedish Ballet perform two works by choreographer Ulysses Dove, "Vespers" and "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven."
Collection of dramatic monologues featuring a cast of acclaimed actresses playing women with little in common on the surface but a shared bond of tragedy or misfortune. The segments are entitled: "Handler," "Clear Glass Marbles," "Rodeo," "Twirler" "Marks" and "Lamps."
Live presentation of the annual Independence Day concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Conductor John Maurceri examines the great film scores of the 1930s and 1940s.
Vintage performance glimpses of 16 podium titans at work, from Arthur Nikisch in 1913 to Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
Series for young people in which trumpet virtuoso and composer Wynton Marsalis teaches the fundamentals of classical music and jazz.
Set in Vienna in the 1860s, the opera by Richard Strauss revolves around the plans of the Waldner family to match their beautiful daughter Arabella with a rich suitor to offset the gambling losses of Count Waldner.
Tribute to the life and music of the "patriarch of Polka," Frank Yankovic. Incorporates archival material, interviews with Yankovic and others, and footage of recent performances.
Musical tribute to lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, through performances of songs he wrote with composers Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers. Includes archival footage.
Profiles six master folk music artists and their families. Included are an Eskimo Wolf Dance, an Irish ceilidh, a Cajun Saturday night, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, and a visit to a mariachi festival featuring an interview with Linda Ronstadt. Blues guitarist B.B. King is also profiled.
Chronicle of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), New York's first subway line -- shown through home movies from the 1920s, archival photographs, and antique postcards.
Carnegie Hall concert tribute to jazz greats Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie.
Life of pianist Vladimir Horowitz through concert performances and documentary footage.
Documentary examining the issue of "color consciousness" in the black community, exploring the effect of a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal.
Natalie Cole performs a festive repertoire of holiday favorites. Includes an appearance by "Sesame Street"'s Elmo.
Profile of Will Rogers -- ranch hand, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist, author, radio personality, aviation pioneer and unofficial ambassador of good will under three presidential administrations. Includes interviews, film clips, rare home movie clips, newsreel footage, radio excerpts and
Profile of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham.
Fifteenth annual Fourth of July concert broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Telecast of a San Francisco Opera performance of Puccini's opera "Turandot." A haughty princess, renowned for her beauty, puts three riddles to any man seeking her hand in marriage. If they cannot answer them, they are put to death.
Concert tribute at the Hollywood Bowl to songwriter Jerry Herman.
Performance of two operas from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York: "Il Tabarro" by Puccini and "Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo. "Il Tabarro" is the story of a husband who kills his wife's lover on a barge in France. "Pagliacci" is based on a court case judged by composer Leoncavallo's father, con
Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti joins a roster of colleagues to sing arias and operatic ensembles in a live concert from Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts.
Remake of Paddy Chayefsky's classic teleplay, originally aired live on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse in 1954. Alone for the first time in her life, a 66-year-old widow is determined to return to her former job as a seamstress in New York's garment district, despite her daughter's opposition.
Exploration of the quartet as a musical form. Examines the quartet in all its varieties by featuring performances by disparate groups.
Profile and critical reevaluation of playwright Tennessee Williams. Includes rare interviews with Williams himself, clips from the film productions of his plays and commentary from various associates, including director Elia Kazan.
Richard Strauss' opera based on the classical Greek tragedy by Sophocles -- about Elektra, a daughter determined to avenge the murder of her father Agamemnon by her mother.
Performance/documentary/tribute which looks at the work of Jim Henson -- from the Muppets to his other fantastic creations for film and television. Includes interviews with friends, colleagues and family.
Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by conductor Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, performs works by Mozart and Rossini at Carnegie Hall's 1994 opening night.
World Premiere telecast of Conrad Susa and Philip Littell's opera "The Dangerous Liaisons," based on the 1782 French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The evil Marquise de Merteuil and her former lover Valmont dally with and ultimately destroy the lives of those around
The Joffrey Ballet dances to songs by Prince in four short dance works by young choreographers.
Behind-the-scenes look at the production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." Includes scenes from production meetings, rehearsals, and backstage moments during the play's performance, as well as excerpts from the play and interviews with the cast. Documentary footage
Concert performance of the musical "On the Town" about three sailors on 24-hour leave in Manhattan.
Telecast of a performance of Richard Wagner's last opera, "Parsifal," from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The opera tells the tale of the "guileless fool" who returns the sacred spear -- the weapon used to wound Christ at the crucifixation -- to the brotherhood of the Holy Grail.
A special looking at the life and career of singer-songwriter Paul Simon.
Two ninety-minute programs airing back to back of excerpts from Balanchine ballets. Climax of the New York City Ballet's two-month long, 73-work retrospective of the choreographer's works.
Concert version of Pete Townsend's musical play about an aging and reclusive '60s psychedelic rocker whose output seems stymied in a money-corrupted world.
Portrait of short-story writer and poet, Raymond Carver.
A special examining the life and career of film-maker George Lucas.
Performance of George Gershwin's opera about the inhabitants of Catfish Row.
Seven arias from Handel operas are staged to tell the story of the sorceress Alcina and her attempts to steal away the young prince who is the object of her desires.
A look at Wolfgang Sawallisch and his three predecesors as music director of The Philadlphia Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti.
Compilation of film clips of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein at work.
Examination of the diverse activities at the Miami Metro Zoo, exploring the issues of ethics, finances, technology, administration, and research that zoos confront.
Robert Altman's perspective on Frank Norris' novel "McTeague," a turn-of-the-century tale of a simple dentist and his wife whose lives are destroyed by a bag of gold. Includes passages from the novel, read by Studs Terkel; scenes from composer William Bolcom's music-drama, a 1992 world premiere at L
A broadcast in which jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is featured in extensive footage from the 1991 Montreux Festival. Also includes interviews with other musicians and rare television footage from the 1950s.
Japanese-American filmmaker Janice Tanaka searches for her father whom she last saw when she was three.
A look at the filmmaker's sister, who undergoes brain surgery to correct a severe epileptic condition.
Performance of Stravinsky's 1927 opera, "Oedipus Rex," based on Sophocles' tragedy as staged by Julie Taymor at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Oedipus, the beloved king of plague-ridden Thebes, in his attempt to discover the murderer of the previous king so that the pestilence may sub
A tribute from Carnegie Hall to composer Stephen Sondheim by Hollywood and Broadway performers.
Composer Maurice Jarre leads the Royal Philharmonic in a special salute to his frequent collaborator, the late director Sir David Lean.
A documentary chronicling the revitalization of traditional Native American music and dance as showcased by the American Indian Dance Theatre.
A special which visits farms and ranches across the United States and looks at the way historic barns are being restored to their original beauty.
A broadcast of Tennessee Williams' one-act play. A psychiatrist tries to determine the events leading to the breakdown of his patient.
Concert of music by Mozart and Mendelssohn telecast live from Lincoln Center in New York City.
A portrait of the late dancer Rudolf Nureyev, highlighting key performances and reminiscences by colleagues.
A broadcast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical revue of 1920s and '30s jazz and blues, "Black and Blue."
Documentary about jazz band leader and clarinetist Benny Goodman.
Profiles of Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his predessor, Sir Georg Solti.
A broadcast of a performance of Puccini's opera "Tosca," filmed in its actual Rome settings.
A broadcast in which Oscar-winning composer John Barry conducts the Royal Philharmonic in his music from "Midnight Cowboy," "Born Free," "Body Heat," "Out of Africa," "Somewhere in Time," "Chaplin," and "Dances With Wolves." Also includes interviews with Richard Attenborough, Kevin Costner, Francis
A special in which soprano Kathleen Battle and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis perform Baroque music by Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. Also shows Battle and Marsalis in their separate careeers -- Battle performing classical, and Marsalis playing trumpet in a New Orleans jazz club with his father.
A concert commemorating the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to preserve the Earth's natural resources, held at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in June 1992.
An updated version of Tchiakovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet choreographed by Mark Morris and inspired by comic-book artist Charles Burns. Set in the 1960s, the Stahlbaum household congregates around the TV clad in bell-bottoms and go-go boots to commence the family Christmas party.
Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti discusses his favorite tenors of the past and sings works he rarely performs.
A documentary on the making of the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam." Includes interviews with its creators and excerpts from the show as well as material on the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton.
Set during the years 1938-50, a group of German writer emigres find themselves stranded in the twisted maze of Hollywood.
Documentary about the dance company formed by Bill T. Jones and his late partner Arnie Zane. Centers on Jones' creation, "The Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin," exploring some contemporary issues through dance and discussion: racism, sexism, homophobia and the devastation of AIDS.
A documentary chronicling Bulgarian refugee Kalina Ivanov's family struggle against Communist oppression, including the internment of her grandfathers.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which the Chicano-American comedy trio "Culture Clash" performs various comedy skits satirizing Chicano icons and stereotypes.
A documentary exploring the changes in the native culture of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands since the occupation of the United States Army.
In this presentation of "Dance in America," Momix, the dance company formed by Moses Pendleton, performs several works set to Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Lar Lubovitch creates a duet to Ravel's "Bolero" entitled "Fandango."
Third annual National Memorial Day Concert broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II. Includes music from the 1940s and dramatic readings to honor those who served in World War II.
Alan Berliner profiles his grandfather Joseph Cassuto (1905-74), a businessman who worked in Japan while his family stayed in Brooklyn.
A special featuring the skating pair Torvill & Dean performing "Bolero" and "Revolution," as well as a dance commissioned especially for television.
A concert by The Chamber Music Society, broadcast live from Lincoln Center.
A special celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Great Performances" by commissioning short new works by 20 performing artists. Segment performances include: "Kiss, Kiss Dahlings," "Not My Girl," "A Simple Melody," "Zoetrope," "Hip Hop - You Don't Stop," "Frankie Goes to Tanglewood," "The Last Mile,"
A concert celebrating the two-hundredth birthday of composer Gioacchino Rossini.
A look at Palestinian and Israeli women in the occupied territories.
An opera-within-an-opera, set in the spirit world, smitten playwright Beaumarchais tries to alter Marie Antoinette's fate.
A suburban matron confesses to shooting another shopper in a supermarket parking lot.
A special starring Natalie Cole who sings many of the hits of her late father, Nat King Cole.
A presentation of "Great Performances." Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is joined in a concert of operatic arias, duets, and ensembles with other performers from the world of opera.
A documentary in which three nuns discuss the issues of racism, sexism, abortion and the impact of Vatican II.
Richard Strauss' final opera, "Capriccio," as performed at the Salzburg Music Festival. A countess is unable to choose between the affections of a poet and a composer.
Live broadcast from Vienna's city hall in which Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo sing Christmas music.
A documentary chronicling the life of tap dancer/entrepeneur Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates.
A performance of Simon Gray's play about a group of Cambridge University students who start a literary magazine to showcase their brilliant, forward-thinking ideas.
A concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, featuring performances of "Rigoletto" (Act III), "Otello" (Act III), and "Die Fledermaus" (Act II).
A performance of three works by the late choreographer Martha Graham, from the stage of the Paris Opera: "Steps in the Street," "El Penitente" and "Maple Leaf Rag," Graham's last completed work.
A documentary examining the role of television as an educator, discussing the troubling "curriculum" of commercial TV in the United States and putting the national policies that affect children's and educational television into historic context. Also explains how viewers can become involved in the p
A special about the Berlin Philharmonic and its new conductor Claudio Abbado, who leads the orchestra in a performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
An adaptation on the "American Playhouse" series of a story by Edgar Allen Poe. A dwarf court jester is forced to play the fool to a corpulent King and his rotund ministers. Incorporates a variety of masks and puppets, and includes a short documentary on the process of making puppets.
A performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera set in Old California. A bandit and a sheriff compete for the affections of a woman in a mining camp.
A performance of Donizetti's comic opera about a country bumpkin who attempts to win the heart of a coquette with the aid of a magic potion.
A documentary about the reconstruction of an abandoned 85-year-old New York City tenement into a low-income housing cooperative called Mascot Flats.
Broadcast of a concert by the New York Philharmonic on its 150th anniversary, broadcast live from Lincoln Center.
Robert Morse plays Truman Capote in a performance of the one-man Broadway play, "Tru."
A broadcast of the 13th annual Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
A documentary profiling the career of singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles.
A profile of the life and work of four photojournalists who were killed while covering the war in Afghanistan -- American Jim Lindelof, British Andy Skripkowiak, Russian Sasha Sekretaryov, and Japanese Naoko Nanjo.
A broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
A documentary about the making of the cast album for the 1991 Tony-winning revival of the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls."
A broadcast of The Paul Taylor Dance Company performing a dance examining the dark underside of a small American town's religious fervor.
A documentary exploring the history of The Actors Studio, the academy founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasburg. The school advanced a naturalistic style of acting based on the work of Russian director and teacher Konstantin Stanislavski, which in the U.S. has a
A Royal Ballet production of Natalia Makarova's restaging of Pepita's "La Bayadere."
The New York City Opera production of Mozart's comic masterpiece, "The Marriage of Figaro."
A drama presentation on the "American Playhouse" series. A literature professor falls desperately in love with a student.
A presentation of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekov's "Uncle Vanya," a turn-of-the-century tale of a beautiful woman's devastating effect on a serene Russian household. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Samuel Barber's 1966 opera based on Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
A presentation of Giuseppe Verdi's "A Masked Ball," a tale of court intrigue in 18th-Centruy Sweden.
A broadcast of the sixteenth annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala. Features highlights by operatic stars who sang during the tribute to the late tenor as well as appearances by winners of the Richard Tucker Awards.
A special featuring works choreographed by new wave artist Michael Moschen. Also included is documentary footage of the artist at work.
A "Metropolitan Opera Presents" broadcast of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute."
Live broadcast from Lincoln Center of a concert hosted by tenor Luciano Pavarotti and featuring his guests, Cheryl Studer, Paul Plishka, and other well-known artists.
Eleven HIV positive individuals, from various backgrounds, relate their stories.
A short film about a young boy growing up amid the fear created by the nuclear-clouded environment of the 1950s. An "American Playhouse" presentation from Chanticleer Films' Discovery Program.
Set in Hollywood, 1939, a diabolical gossip columnist becomes obsessed with a famous movie director and his terrible secret. The director, in turn, becomes obsessed with the columnist and with the need to vanquish him.
A live broadcast of the opening night program at the twenty-fifth annual "Mostly Mozart Festival" at Lincoln Center in New York.
A telecast of a performance of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical. The play links fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. The musical shows what might have happened after the "happily ever after" endings. Includes
A performance of Rossini's opera "Semiramide" from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Takes place in ancient Babylon, where Queen Semiramide pays the price for her murderous plot against the king.
A confident, jetsetting executive for a multinational conglomerate discovers that his high ranking doesn't count for much when his spouse crosses the line between corporate grace and personal confession while addressing a gathering of business executive wives. A presentation of "American Playhouse."
A documentary profiling the life of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A special in which five ballets choreographed by Peter Martins are performed.
A three-part special for "American Playhouse" about a group of people living in a Florida retirement community. "Yiddish" is the story of two married retirees who form a bond when they discover a mutual appreciation of their native language. "The Detective" follows Seymour Shapiro, who is starved fo
An adaptation of Willa Cather's 1913 novel about immigrants settling in Nebraska. A presentation of "American Playhouse." In the turn-of-the-century American West, a pioneer Swedish immigrant, inherits her father's ailing farm and single-handedly pulls the land out of potential ruin. But she earns s
A short film about a future society where time is actually used as money thereby shortening the buyer's life.
A documentary profiling the life of 19th-century painter and sculptor of the American West, Frederic Remington. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
An adaptation of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" reset in a roadside diner. Don Alfonso bets two young men that their girlfriends would not be faithful if put to the test. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary on the life and career of actress Helen Hayes. Friends and associates are interviewed and film clips of some of her performances are shown. Also includes an interview with Hayes. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary examining physicist Albert Einstein's roles as humanitarian and philosopher. Uses home movies, archival footage and interviews with Einstein's friends and colleagues. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A drama based on the true-life story of a small Vermont town that successfully adopts a Cambodian refugee family after a long battle with Washington bureaucrats.
An adaptation of two short stories by Hisaye Yamamoto. Set in California's Salinas Valley in the late 1930s, a ten-year-old Japanese girl grows up on a farm amidst a mixture of traditional Japanese customs and American popular culture. Presentation of "American Playhouse."
A short film about a seven-year-old girl in a seedy trailer park in the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the night sky is her only escape.
Newly-appointed music director Kurt Masur conducts the music of Bruckner, Copeland, and John Adams as the New York Philharmonic celebrates the opening night of its one-hundred-fiftieth season.
A documentary profiling the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A contemporary Latino adaptation of "La Pastorela," a musical retelling of the shepherd's journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. Adapted from a medieval Shepherd's/Mystery play.
A drama exploring the life of renowned attorney Clarence Darrow.
A stage presentation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," about the hardships of the Joad family and their flight from Oklahoma's dustbowl to California. The Steppenwolf Theater Company's production featuring the original Broadway cast.
A satire lampooning the icons of Black-American art and culture in a series of ten sketches. Based on the 1986 play, "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe, originally produced by New Jersey's Crossroads Theatre Company. Presentation of "Great Performances."
A special featuring a premiere performance of an oratorio written by Paul McCartney and Carl Davis, inspired by the former's childhood in Liverpool. Includes a documentary introduction featuring the extensive preparations and rehearsal for the concert as well as reminiscenes by McCartney.
A special featuring two works performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, "For Bird -- With Love" and "Episodes." Presentation of "Dance in America," broadcast as a segment of "Great Performances."
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." In this monologue, a middle-aged English professor tries to ignite some liberal enthusiasm in his students by inviting an obscure Polish emigre novelist to a special lecture.
An adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's play about a ruthless Spanish matriarch and her five unmarried daughters.
A drama about two teenaged friends in New York City in 1936 who come from very different homes.
A documentary focusing on the world of abstract expressionist art in New York in the 1950s and Robert Motherwell, a pioneer of the movement.
A special focusing on contemporary dancers and choreographers of music videos.
A Christmas music special from Carnegie Hall in New York with Kathleen Battle, Frederica Von Stade, Wyton Marsalis, and Andre Previn conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
A presentation of "American Playhouse." The story of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, centering around her love affair with photographer Alfred Steiglitz.
A presentation of the New York City ballet performing Balanchine's "Serenade" and "Western Symphony."
A performance of Mozart's comic opera, "The Abduction From the Seraglio," taped at the Salzburg Festival. Set in a Turkish harem, the opera concerns the escapades of a young couple trying to elude the grip of a powerful pasha.
A dark comedy about a young man haunted by his mother's suicide as he tries to connect with other women.
A special of six music videos incorporating High Definition Television (HDTV) technology to interpret six well-known classical pieces for television.
Based on an off-Broadway play, relating the oral history of an Alabama sharecropper, spanning a period of eight decades.
A concert featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and his 16-piece orchestra performing their blend of classic jazz and swing. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A musical presentation of the Beatrix Potter story of a tailor miraculously aided by the mice in his shop on Christmas Eve.
A documentary examining the role of fathers in familial relationships as expressed in the story of the efforts of a man and woman to break the barriers of silence that have kept them distant from their fathers.
A documentary profile of director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Includes clips from his films and television specials as well as interviews with Fosse, remembrances from his friends, and commentary by Gwen Verdon. A "Dance in America" presentation, broadcast as part of "Great Performances."
A concert special featuring Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman of the Metropolitan Opera singing traditional spiritual songs. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary tracing the evolution of Jewish humor from New York's turn-of-the-century Lower East Side to the present.
Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn remembers her life, from her first dancing lesson through her international ballet career. Fonteyn discusses her professional as well as her personal life. Also included are interviews with her colleagues.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a 14-year-old who discovers that she was adopted and sets out to find her natural mother.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a 10-year-old adopted boy who was found as an infant. He receives a mysterious inheritance as his "finding day" approaches, which threatens to tear his comfortable world apart.
A performance of the Joffrey Ballet's reconstruction of the 1913 Nijinsky ballet, "The Rite of Spring." The broadcast also includes a documentary detailing the story of the original production at the Ballet Russe in Paris -- at the first performance of which a riot broke out in the theater -- and th
A documentary profiling the Hopi, the oldest Native-American culture.
A documentary in which J.B. Jackson, founder of "Landscape" magazine, examines the evolution of such uniquely American institutions as shopping malls and trailer parks.
A performance of the San Francisco Opera production of Boito's "Mefistofele." Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary about songwriter Cole Porter. Explores his contributions to Broadway and Hollywood and celebrates his distinctive lifestyle and point of view through archival material and interviews with friends.
A performance by the American Ballet Theatre of two ballets choreographed by Antony Tudor, "Dark Elegies" and "Jardin aux Lilas." Former Tudor dancers Agnes DeMille and Maude Lloyd appear in a documentary tribute.
A live broadcast from "The Mostly Mozart Festival," including a performance of Mozart's Piano Concert No. 25 and a concert version of his early one-act opera, "The Impresario."
A documentary that looks at the variety of ways people use New York's Central Park. The program also illustrates the complex problems the New York City Parks Department faces in order to maintain and preserve the park and keep it open and accessible to the public.
A fictionalized autobiographical play written by Czechoslovakian playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel in 1984 upon his release from a four-and-one-half-year prison term for political subversion. The play focuses on two days in the life of a dissident writer who is awaiting the knock at the door
A two-hour performance of Terence Rattigan's play set in England just before World War I. A young cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is expelled from the Royal Naval College when he is accused of petty theft. His father, making a considerable sacrifice, fights for two years to prove the boy's innocence. Ronnie
A documentary about one of the founding members of the Group Theater and one of the American theater's best-known teachers of actors, Sanford Meisner.
A documentary about director, screenwriter and playwright Preston Sturges. The program includes extensive clips from Sturges's feature films as well as interviews with friends and associates.
A documentary on actor, writer, producer and director John Cassavetes. Explores his 30-year career on stage, in films and on television, from his first ventures and performances in the 1950s to his death in 1989. Includes "The Making of 'Husbands'" (1971).
A ballet version of the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella," choreographed by Maguy Marin. A presentation of "Alive From Off Center."
A documentary chronicling fifty years of popular music with the late veteran music producer John Hammond, who is credited with discovering and promoting Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Count Basie. Features interviews with popular artists Hammond discovered and recorded as well as other friends an
A television drama, broadcast as part of the PBS "American Playhouse" series, about the African-American writer, oral historian and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Combines passages from the author's writings, anecdotes, folk tales told by actors, and sketches from the Hurston's life.
A three-part presentation of "WonderWorks" about Luke, a 16-year-old who visits Africa to spend four months with his father. From the day he arrives, Luke is at odds with Themba Maposa, a 16-year-old African. But as the story unfolds, common experiences unite them in an uncommon bond of friendship.
A documentary focusing on Lithuanian-born poet/essayist/novelist Czeslaw Milosz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. Interviews and historic film footage are interweaved with reminiscences and readings from his works.
A documentary on the life and works of the 20th century, avant-garde composer John Cage. Airing as part of the PBS series "American Masters."
A documentary that focuses on six women whose careers as Balanchine ballerinas span four decades. The program includes footage featuring these women dancing in major works.
A special examining the life and work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York's Central Park, and his revolutionary approach to designing public spaces. Combines documentary elements of Olmstead's life and work with location photography and dramatization.
A special hosted by Spike Lee and Debbie Allen in which musical groups perform a variety of a capella music. Taped before an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theater. A presentation of "Great Performances."
Louise Van Lew is a 12-year-old living in Richmond, Virginia, with her aunt during the final days of the Civil War. Her aunt's anti-war, anti-slavery views make things difficult for Louise, but when a suspicious Confederate general comes to search the house for an escaped Yankee, Louise is forced to
A "Metropolitan Opera Presents" presentation of Wagner's opera cycle "Der Ring Des Nibelungen" for PBS. The four operas derived from legends of the power struggle among gods, mortals and the forces of nature. The drama centers on the magic ring made from gold stolen from the Rhine River and the curs
The New York City Opera revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical about the romantic entanglements of a jaded, middle-aged actress, her jaded former lover, his innocent young wife, and his naive young son during an enchanted summer weekend in the country.
Live broadcast from Lincoln Center of a concert hosted by tenor Luciano Pavarotti and featuring his guests, Leona Mitchell, Carol Vaness, and other well-known artists.
A broadcast of Mozart's opera, set in seventeenth-century Spain, based on the legend of Don Juan, the celebrated libertine and seducer.
A two-part documentary on journalist Edward R. Murrow. This program explores his life through archival recordings, film clips and interviews with contemporary journalists. Broadcast as a presentation of the series "American Masters."
A two-part presentation of "WonderWorks." Tells the story of a young pioneer girl in Wisconsin who learns what it means to become a young woman. In Part I, Cousin Annabelle comes to visit, and Caddie gets some unwelcome lessons on being a young lady. In Part II, news of Indian massacres frightens th
A documentary about director Martin Scorsese. This portrait captures the director at work on his film, "Good Fellas," and features interviews with directors, actors, and associates.
A broadcast of Julie Andrews' one-woman show, "An Evening With Julie Andrews," recorded live on stage at the Wiltern Theatre. In the show, Andrews reviews her life in song, concluding with a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, composers of two of her most popular shows, "My Fair Lady" an
A three-part series, hosted by Harry Belafonte, exploring the origins of Afro-Cuban music. Interviews and archival footage trace the music from Africa through the Caribbean to the United States.
A program of traditional Native American dances encompassing a diverse range of sacred, seasonal, and celebratory Indian movement and music. Company members talk about their art and its special role in Indian life in segments taped at an intertribal powwow in Oklahoma and at the Zuni Pueblo in New M
A documentary examining the life and works of writer Joyce Carol Oates.
A concert broadcast live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with four soloists joining Zubin Mehta as he leads the New York Philharmonic in music by Beethoven, Haydn, Bizet, Faure, Ravel, and Weber.
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." A two-person play about an emotionally crippled British playwright and an American actress who suffers from a rare neurological disease. When Joe Green calls from London to give Sarah Wise permission to star in an off-off-Broadway producti
A New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" with Kevin Kline in the title role.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its music director, Sir Georg Solti, performs Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony." Solti discusses his "un-traditional" interpretation of the work, which is really a strict adherence to Beethoven's own tempo
A three-part "WonderWorks" presentation that continues the C.S. Lewis classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Relates the story of Prince Caspian and the crew of the Dawn Treader on their mission to find the world's end and complete the search for the missing lords of old Narnia.
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." Adaptation by Arthur Miller of Ibsen's classic play about a doctor who discovers that the mineral springs which have brought economic prosperity to his village are poisoned. When he insists on telling the truth about the pollution, he is p
A documentary that recalls the lifestyles and anecdotes of musicians who lived on Memphis's Beale Street during the 1950s and 1960s.
A documentary about the personal and literary history and creative process of poet Allen Ginsberg.
A presentation of "Great Performances" celebrating the life and music of Mozart in a gala from the Salzburg Music Festival. The program also explores other sites in historic Salzburg.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which Shirley Jones hosts a musical tribute to composer Richard Rodgers. This profile uses film clips and newly taped performances of musicals in which Rodgers collaborated.
Three friends since the 1930s are reunited, not altogether joyfully. Through scenes that alternate between the present and the past, a web of relationships is explored. A presentation of "American Playhouse."
Frederica Von Stade, Jerry Hadley, and Samuel Ramey perform some of the numbers from the venerable musical comedy, "Show Boat," as well as arias from the operatic repertoire.
An anthology of four short films by different directors. Animator Ralph Bakshi's live-action "This Ain't Bebop" is a contemporary narrative about a man's odyssey through the surreal cityscape of downtown Los Angeles as he tries to find the life he has lost. Ed Lachman's "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
An animated special about a young girl who must learn to accept her divorced mother's remarriage.
A "Metropolitan Opera Presents" double-bill presentation of Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" and Schoenberg's "Erwartung."
A four-part "Great Performances" presentation dramatizing the life of world-renowned opera star Nellie Melba, whose career spanned 40 years beginning in 1885. The story follows Melba from her early days as a plantation owner's wife in Australia to her stardom in the opera houses and courts of Europ
Broadcast of a fund-raising gala honoring lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, taped from Lincoln Center in New York. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
The Joffrey Ballet performs Sir Frederick Ashton's "Monotones II," William Forsythe's "Love Songs," and Gerald Arpino's "Round of Angels." Each work is introduced by its respective choreographer.
A drama based on the book by Katherine Paterson about 15-year-old Louise Bradshaw's jealousy of her twin sister, Caroline. Eventually she finds peace and is able to define her own goals and desires.
A production of Sigmund Romberg's swashbuckling operetta set in 18th-century New Orleans. Members of the New York City Opera perform from Wolf Trap Farm Park. In the operetta, Robert Mission works as a bondservant in New Orleans in 1792 to avoid detection that he is really a French nobleman wanted f
A two-part documentary examining the life and career of actor Richard Burton, who died in 1984. Included are clips from Burton's stage and screen performances and interviews with family members.
A comedy about a disgruntled family man who makes a smoking declaration of independence by taking up his old smoking habit against everyone's wishes.
A performance of Jerome Kern's classic 1928 musical, "Show Boat." Set aboard Mississippi riverboats at the turn of the century, it tells the story of the bittersweet romance between Magnolia Hawkes, daughter of the "Cotton Blossom" captain, and Gaylord Ravenal, a rakish riverboat gambler.
A live broadcast of the opening-night performance of the 148th season of the New York Philharmonic. The concert features soprano Jessye Norman and the music of Wagner, Mahler, and Mozart.
A performance of the 1989 Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about life in a small New England town at the turn of the century.
A program profiling the Group Theatre, a theatrical company which introduced "method" acting and was founded in the 1930s in New York. Surviving members of the group are interviewed and archival footage of excerpts from plays originally produced by The Group Theatre is shown.
A comedy broadcast as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A self-absorbed yuppie couple must confront a series of bizarre occurrences provoked by a most unusual household helper and a television remote control.
Rossini's 1816 adaptation of Beaumarchais's comedy, set in the Spanish city of Seville. Count Almaviva is in love with the beautiful Rosina, the ward of Doctor Bartolo, who intends to marry her himself. With the assistance of Figaro, the town barber and all-around fixer-upper, the Count ultimately w
A "Great Performances" special featuring trumpet player Wynton Marsalis in concert with his jazz quartet. Also included are scenes of Marsalis coaching young musicians in a master class at Harvard University and a younger group of students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C
A "Great Performances" presentation of the 1967 Alan Ayckbourn farce which examines the subject of love as a juggling act of romantic relationships, including adultery and mistaken identity. Greg is jealous of his girlfriend Ginny. He discovers she has been involved previously with an older man, bu
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 1985 production of Puccini's opera, set in the late nineteenth century in the city of Nagasaki, about a young Japanese woman who weds an American naval officer who later abandons her and the child she bore him.
A political drama inspired by the real-life meeting of U.S. nuclear arms negotiator Paul Nitze and Soviet delegate Yuli Kvitszinsky in Geneva in 1982. The two took "a walk in the woods" in an attempt to reach an agreement on disarmament outside of normal diplomatic channels.
A comedy in the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A recently widowed woman finds a job at Burger Guy, a fast-food franchise, working for a tyrannical 19-year-old manager.
A two-character play, taped during a performance from the Plaza Theatre in Dallas, based on Mark Twain's humorous look at the ever-changing relationship between men and women, as told in imagined "diary entries" of Adam and Eve during their stay in the Garden of Eden and their life together outside
A drama, set in St. Louis in 1950, concerning an American family and the first courtship and sexual awakening of the teenage son. Ben Griffin lives with his widowed mother and beautiful 22-year-old sister, Dodie. The restoration of the family's affluence seems to hinge on Dodie's romances and hoped-
A documentary/dramatization of the life of American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-78), who captured the social conditions of his era on film. Recreated scenes are interwoven with comments by historians, colleagues, friends, and family members.
A TV adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry drama about race relations in America in the 1950s. It is the story of a black American family torn between a mother's pursuit of the middle-class dream, and her son's desire to begin a new life.
A documentary profiling the life and work of writer James Baldwin.
A concert of selections from the operatic repertoire featuring tenor Luciano Pavarotti and his specially invited group of guest artists.
A comedy broadcast as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." An orthopedic shoe salesman and part-time saxophone player discovers that even after cheating on your taxes and finding yourself before a Latin-American firing squad, there is still hope for true love.
A comedy about two people who have grown up together thinking they are opposites. Against her wishes, Elizabeth and Nelson are thrown together by their parents, who hope to create the perfect romantic alliance. In order to put an end to her parent's persistence, Elizabeth convinces Nelson that they
A comedy airing as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." An everyday suburban man gets seduced into social activism when his name appears on a mysterious computer printout as a possible target of assassination and a fascinating female agent comes calling.
A "Great Performances" presentation, hosted by Gregory Hines, featuring performances by some of today's tap-dancers. The show also includes a tribute to legendary tap-dancer Honi Coles. Performed before an audience of tap dancers at the former Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in New York City.
A new school term begins at the Lawrenceville Academy and Hickey finds himself saddled with an insufferable and insufferably wealthy freshman, whom he quickly dubs "The Uncooked Beefsteak." His efforts at cutting this braggart down to size are topped only by those of his arch enemy and rival, The Te
A dark comedy about five characters whose lives interweave late one summer in the Hamptons of Long Island. Kip is a bored and frustrated 20-year-old boy trying to break ties with his divorced mother Jinx, who is having an affair with Hank, a married man. Upset by this relationship, Kip decides to le
A three-part "WonderWorks" adaptation of the first book in C.S. Lewis's seven-volume series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." The fantasy story, set in 1940, centers around the enchanted, mythical kingdom of Narnia, where the evil White Witch holds the land in a never-ending winter with no Christmas. T
A documentary on the life and career of Harold Clurman, a co-founder (with Stella Adler and Clifford Odetts) of the Group Theatre and the man often credited with introducing method acting to the United States. Includes footage of Clurman rehearsing Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, and Julie Harris. Als
A performance of the classic ballet by August Bournoville. Set in Scotland, "La Sylphide" centers around a young farmer who is captivated by a sylph (that is, a nymph, woodsprite, spirit). When he attempts to capture her with a magic shawl, she dies in his arms.
A three-part presentation about the boyhood and young manhood of Charlie Chaplin, who grew up in London in extreme poverty during the early years of this century. By making use of his imagination, the young Charlie survived his unhappy childhood to become the biggest star of his era and one of the g
A "Great Performances" special featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov and pianist Andre Watts, performing works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Benjamin Britten. Taped during a live performance from Wolf Trap Farm Park.
A documentary on the life and work of playwright Neil Simon. Friends and associates as well as the writer himself are interviewed.
Celebrities from Broadway and classical and pop music join the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summer home, the Tanglewood Music Festival, in a gala seventieth birthday salute to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
A performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine," staged at the San Francisco Opera. Set in the early sixteenth century, the opera tells the story of the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama and the two women who love him.
An "American Playhouse" presentation focusing on the fast-paced, unfulfilled lives of three young professionals: Fran, a fashion model who regards modeling as an empty profession and yearns to become a serious actress; Michael, a successful investment banker and the man who supports Fran; and Paul,
A documentary on the life and work of jazz innovator Charlie Parker, airing as part of the "American Masters" series. A selection of the saxophonist's recordings is highlighted. Musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, and Thelonious Monk also appear in clips, as well a
Mikhail Baryshnikov dances the lead role in two Balanchine ballets -- Stravinsky's classic "Apollo" and Gershwin's jazzy "Who Cares?"
A telecast of Dominick Argento's opera based on Henry James' novella of the same name. In the opera, set in a crumbling villa on Lake Como, Italy, in 1895 (with flashbacks to 1835), a long-retired and reclusive diva lives with her unmarried niece. A scholar charms his way into their impoverished hou
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation, set in South Australia in 1953. An 11-year-old hearing-impaired boy decides to run away from home after a series of disturbing events befall him.
A documentary on the life and work of trumpeter, singer and bandleader Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Film clips of Armstrong's major Hollywood and television appearances are included as well as home movies from the 1930s and 1960s and interviews with those who knew him and were influenced by him. Airin
A performance documentary on the newly formed orchestra of young musicians, Miami's New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
A live broadcast of a concert performance from the twenty-third annual Mostly Mozart Festival from Lincoln Center. Guest artist violinist Itzhak Perlman plays the music of Mozart and Bach.
A documentary on the life and work of American artist Jasper Johns. Art critics, curators, artists and acquaintances as well as Johns himself are interviewed.
A "Live From Lincoln Center" presentation featuring a concert which marks the Chamber Music Society's 20th anniversity and honors its founder and artistic director, Charles Wadsworth.
A production of Gioacchino Rossini's comic opera based on the popular fairy tale, "Cinderella." The production was taped at the 1988 Salzburg Festival.
A concert featuring Linda Ronstadt in a revue of Mexican ballads, romantic dances, and festive songs.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a poor, latchkey teenager in New York City. He learns about the harsh life of urban runaways when he goes into hiding after being falsely accused of causing an accident in which his friend is seriously injured. The boy lives for 121 days in the subway tunnels of Ne
A documentary on the life and work of acting teacher Stella Adler. It features an extensive conversation with Adler as well as interviews with actors Karl Malden and John Abbott, and director and acting teacher Bobby Lewis.
A half-hour comedy in the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A talented, young professor discontented with his success and nearly flawless wife, embarks on an affair with an unlikely colleague, a chain-smoking, bulldozing misanthrope.
A documentary on the life and work of Czechoslovakian-born film director Milos Forman. The program combines footage of Forman directing "Valmont" with a retrospective of his life and work, featuring conversations with the director, interviews with his colleagues, and clips from his films.
A documentary which examines the life of a forgotten musician--pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who died in 1869 and whose works have been rediscovered. The program features performances of some of his works and readings from his journal, "Notes of a Pianist." Also included is a drama
An "American Playhouse" remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 thriller about a woman who thinks her husband is trying to kill her.
A documentary which takes an unconventional approach to reporting the arts as news, and featuring various topics as Zydeco music; the controversy surrounding the "Artists' Rights Bill" before Congress; a centennial exhibition of works by Georgia O'Keeffe at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.,
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a teenage boy who has a hard time transferring his affections from reptiles to girls, though he is helped by his pet -- a 600-year-old talking frog.
A production by the Paris Opera Ballet of the classic tale of Cinderella set in the art deco world of Hollywood in the 1930s.
An in-depth profile of conductor Arturo Toscanini, featuring music from the renowned NBC Symphony telecasts.
A "Metropolitan Opera Presents" presentation, taped at Lincoln Center in New York March 12, 1988, of Richard Strauss' opera about a rich Viennese who commissions two works for an evening's entertainment: a serious oepra and a comic farce. Great chaos ensues when he stipulates at the last moment th
A documentary examining the life and work of Lillian Gish. The "American Masters" presentation includes a personal interview, film clips and photographs of some of her most memorable performances.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring pianist Andre Watts commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic.
A "WonderWorks" presentation in which a boy in New South Wales, Australia, in the early 1900s, saves his family from financial ruin when he turns a foundling colt into a champion race horse.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about two orphaned children who face the harsh Australian outback in their desire to get to Perth so they can board a ship and find their only surviving relatives in England.
A dramatization of the life of sculptor Augustus Saint Gauden, drawing on his unpublished autobiography as well as writings of friends and collaborators.
A two-part documentary offering a retrospective of the career of Duke Ellington, specifically his music, revealing the man behind it, his varied creative accomplishments and his enormous contribution to American music. An "American Masters" presentation.
An "American Playhouse" presentation of Lanford Wilson's autobiographical play about a young man in the 1950s who tries to re-establish his relationship with his estranged father and his second wife thirteen years later.
A "WonderWorks" presentation, set in 1955, about how the life of an American family is disrupted when a young Japanese girl scarred during the bombing of Hiroshima comes to stay with them.
Profile of opera legend Maria Callas. The special includes never-before-seen footage of concert and operatic performances and interviews with friends and key people in the opera world.
A documentary which reveals TV's "invisible" aspects--its legal and economic foundations and proposed legislation that may alter television as we know it. The program uses the medium itself to expose all these aspects with a view toward what the average citizen can do to better manage the nation's
A presentation of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's classic play, set in Hollywood in the 1920s, about three vaudeville players who seek their fortunes teaching silent film stars how to talk.
A dramatic adaptation of a short story by William Faulkner, set in Hollywood's heyday, concerning a Nebraska businessman whose values crumble and family drifts apart as he succumbs to a decadent lifestyle while seeking fame and fortune. A "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" presenation.
The American Ballet Theatre performs George Balanchine's "La Sonnambula" and Merce Cunningham's "Duets" in this "Dance in America" presentation, taped in Denmark in July, 1987. Also included is an interview taped in New York in September, 1987, with Mikhail Baryshnikov, in which he discusses the two
A live concert from Lincoln Center's annual "Mostly Mozart" festival, featuring mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and pianist Vladimir Feltsman.
A four-and-a-half hour adaptation for television of Eugene O'Neill's epic play (which, performed in a rotating series of performances, ran over nine hours in its original stage production on Broadway in the '20s) about a woman, who, grieving for her fiancee who was killed in action in the World War,
An adaptation of a short story by P.G. Wodehouse set in Hollywood's heyday about a former film goddess and her younger sister, who collaborate on a racy memoir that could ruin the biggest names in show business.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring music director Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic in a festive New Year's Eve performance with guest artist Placido Domingo.
Drama tracing the early artistic development of the writer Eugene O'Neill.
Adaptation for television of two American short stories. In John Updike's "Pigeon Feathers," a young farm boy searches for a way to keep his soul alive forever. Along the way, he questions the validity of theological explanations concerning heaven and earth. "The Revolt of Mother," by Mary E. Wilkin
A "WonderWorks" presentation about an extraordinary and strange substitute teacher who brings an exciting new approach to sharing information to a blase group of inner-city youngsters bored by the pedantic techniques of their usual teacher.
An "American Playhouse" production continuing the saga of William Hicks, first seen in "The Prodigious Hickey." The program focuses on the students at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, providing a close look at prep school life 80 years ago. The story begins with Hickey's return to school for
A documentary profiling Carlos Ortiz, a fourteen-time World Lightweight Boxing Champion, who left Puerto Rico when he was eleven years old and came to New York to try and make it in the fight game. Ortiz recounts his rise and fall from glory, as well as his battle with alcoholism.
A broadcast of Jacques Offenbach's 1881 fantasy opera about the three loves of the poet Hoffman and his battles with three evil geniuses who prevent him from realizing his dreams. Taped January 8, 1988, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Performed in French.
A ficticious drama based on the real Orphan Trains which transported children from New York to the sparcely populated Midwest for adoption. The story deals with Billy, a 13-year-old street kid from New York City, who gets a chance at a new life when an orphan train brings him to Nebraska and to a ha
A "American Playhouse" presentation relating the story of Mary Austin, a little-known American writer of the turn of the century, and her extraordinary exploits as she begins to form a relationship with the local Native Americans despite the criticism of local whites. Austin eventually moves to Los
The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs two 1985 masterworks -- "Roses" and "Last Look" -- that demonstrate the versatility of Taylor's choreography. Also included is an interview with the choreographer.
A "Great Performances" presentation of Moliere's classic play about a widower who allows his miserliness to rule his whole exlistence and that of his children.
A performance of Puccini's last opera, which tells the story of a beautiful princess in ancient China who demands that her suitors solve three riddles or face death for failing.
A televison adaptation of Clifford Odets' 1949 Broadway stage play about greed and avarice in the Hollywood film industry during the 1940s. A top movie star is torn between the lure of a new contract offered by a ruthless studio boss who knows a dark secret from his past, and the love of his wife, w
A dramatic adaptation of a short story by Gavin Lambert set in 1950s Hollywood concerning a young director seduced by the deadly charms of a fading movie star who forms her own production company to make her comeback. A "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" presentation.
A documentary following the career of Aretha Franklin from her early years as a gospel singer to her rise to fame. The program features performance clips and interviews with family and friends.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall of a concert with the New York Philharmonic and cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing works by Dvorak and Mahler.
A "Great Performances" broadcast of a concert taped at Wolf Trap Farm Park in June 1987, celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's 70th birthday. Included are film clips of Dizzy with other historical figures in jazz, stills and sound recordings, and interviews with friends and colleagues.
A retelling of the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta by the English National Opera in the style of a Busby Berkeley/Marx Brothers film set in a seaside English hotel. A "Great Performances" presentation.
A three-hour world premiere telecast of the minimalist and romantic opera documenting Richard Nixon's historic trip to China, telecast from the Houston Grand Opera as part of "Great Performances."
A courtroom drama based in its entirety on the actual transcripts of the trial of Bernhard Goetz, a New Yorker accused of attempted murder when he shot and seriously wounded four black youths, his fellow passengers on a subway train, when one asked him for money.
A live telecast of the New York City Opera's production of Verdi's tragic opera about the hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, who seeks revenge on his patron, the Duke of Mantua, for the seduction of his daughter, Gilda.
A "Metropolitan Opera Presents" presentation, taped at Lincoln Center in New York on October 15, 1988, of Giuseppe Verdi's opera about two brothers, separated at birth, who love the same woman.
A documentary following photographer Andre Kertesz in the last year of his life as he travels from New York to Budapest, to Paris, illustrating how these three cities greatly affected his art.
An "American Playhouse" presentation of Robert Anderson's autobiographical play about the evolving relationship between an iron-willed, domineering father and the grown son who desperately wants to love him.
An "American Playhouse" presentation of John Guare's comedy/drama set in Queens at the time of a papal visit. The production is that of the Lincoln Center Theatre Company which moved to Broadway, where it was taped at the evening performance at the Plymouth Theater on 1/29/87. Guare's play was origi
The third segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." This presentation is adapted from three of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Pat Hobby Stories," and deals with a hard luck hack Hollywood screenwriter who starts an unlikely collaboration w
The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.
Frederica Von Stade, Melba Moore and Rex Smith sing Christmas music from the Alpine village of St. Wolfgang, Austria.
An "American Playhouse" presentation adapted from Eudora Welty's story about a young couple coming of age in the American South in 1933. Set in rural Mississippi, the story focuses on the turbulent relationship of a young married couple -- William Wallace and his wife Hazel. Recently wed, their youn
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1947 play about a family in turmoil because of the father's dishonesty and compromise. Joe Keller was a war profiteer and his partner went to jail for selling defective parts to the Army while Joe was absolved. Joe's older son was killed in the war, yet Kate Keller,
A two-part special that celebrates the music and life of composer George Gershwin. The first part, "The Jazz Age," traces the composer's career from 1919 when he had his first hit, "Swanee," through the '20s when he composed his first big orchestral piece, "Rhapsody in Blue." The second part, "'S Wo
Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the tragic Tyrone family, presented in a controversial production by Jonathan Miller. Under Miller's direction, the characters interrupt each other much like normal conversation, thereby both shortening and dramatically heightening the action. The p
A drama aimed to foster understanding and reduce prejudice by able-bodied youngsters toward their physically challenged peers. Danny, a boy who uses a wheelchair, discovers the wonderful feeling of weightlessness during a hydrotherapy session. Danny then confronts his family, friends and NASA to ens
An Australian production about an old scrap dealer who lives with his three grandchildren and their beloved Clydesdale workhorse Sam on a prime piece of real estate in a rundown neighborhood. Their lives are disrupted when a wealthy Japanese land developer decides to build a large hotel next door an
The telecast celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dame Joan Sutherland's debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1962. Scenes from "Lucia di Lammermoor," Act III of "Rigoletto," and Act III of "La Traviata" are performed with full sets and costumes. Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti are the leading
A performance taped earlier in 1987 at the Union Congregational Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, featuring the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the internationaly acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet.
An adaptation of an autobiographical short story by Katherine Anne Porter about Miranda, a young girl motherless since infancy and obsessed with death. It is the death and burial of a chick and the intercession of her eccentric Great Aunt Eliza that allow Miranda to come to terms with the cycle of l
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a 14-year-old girl who feels alone and disoriented after moving to a small town with her newly-separated mother and younger sister. Adding to her frustration is her discovery that there is no girls' team for her favorite sport, hockey. Despite protestations from
The opening night concert of the 1987-88 New York Philharmonic Season, telecast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Sir Colin Davis conducts a concert of music by Beethoven and Brahms, with Murray Perahia as piano soloist.
In Depression-Era Australia, Young Joe O'Riordan turns his part-time paper boy job into a full-time occupation to support his family when his father loses his factory job. His subsequent flirtation with communism causes a rift with his father that provokes Joe to leave home and live on the streets.
The second segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." Budd Shulberg's drama deals with the head of a film studio who plans a small dinner party at the nightclub, "Ciro's," creating the opportunity for the guests and the staff of the
A documentary focusing on a group of about a dozen of America's wittiest writers and performers of the 1920s and their renowned daily luncheons at the Hotel Algonquin in New York. What began as a practical joke aimed at one of the group's members became a legendary gathering that has come to symboli
A special featuring the thoughts and reflections of Agnes DeMille, legendary choreographer of "Rodeo," "Fall River Legend," and "Oklahoma!" Exerpts from her many works are featured.
Young Carol Trig has been trained as a top track athlete. When Angie becomes a new student at her school, Carol discovers she is an expert dancer despite her forbidding punk look. They find common ground for a friendship that leads to heightened self-awareness and determination on the part of each.
The first episode in the three-part series, "Tales From the Hollywood Hills." The stories are all set in Hollywood's golden era of the '30s. John O'Hara's "Natica Jackson" deals with an actress who is tired of being alone and enters into an affair with a married man.
A ballet by choreographer Jerome Robbins, from a violin concerto by German composer Alban Berg, about a young woman about a young woman facing death. The music conjures imagery associated with death so strongly that Robbins' male character is actually death personified. Berg wrote the piece in the l
A tribute to composer Jule Styne taped in New York City at the St. James Theatre on January 26-28, 1987. The program features renditions of Styne standards, clips of Gene Autry, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra performing his songs, and the composer talking with various personalities.
A drama about a new teacher in a tough inner-city school, and how he arouses the interest of his "problem" students by getting them involved in the game of chess. The story is based on the real-life happenings at a school in Philadelphia.
A special which presents highlights of two of the Kansas City Symphony's February 1987 concerts conducted by the symphony's music director, William McGlaughlin.
A live broadcast of a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York with tenor Placido Domingo and his guests. The format breaks the mold of the traditional, formal concert as Domingo chats with the audience in between selections from the classical and the popular repertoire.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Mike, a young hang-gliding enthusiast, who mysteriously finds himself transported to the year 2457 into a land virtually destroyed by nuclear war. The residents believe that their prayers have been answered when the young man with the machine that flies is deposit
A three-part adaptation of the classic novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett. The story deals with Sara Crewe, the gifted daughter of a wealthy man, who is reduced to working as a scullery maid when her father suddenly dies, leaving her penniless. Sara's hope and determination, along with help from a sec
A five-part series, telecast as three consecutive "American Playhouse" presentations, tracing the trials and tribulations of author Horton Foote's family in a small Texas community from the turn of the 20th century thru the end of World War I. This is part of a nine-play cycle entitled "The Orphan's
A gala New Year's Eve concert with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, telecast live from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
Francis Poulenc's 1957 opera about a community of Carmelite nuns who face the guillotine during the French Revolution is telecast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in a taped performance recorded on April 4, 1987. The opera is sung in a translation from the original French text, whi
A documentary which looks at the Kentucky penal system through the eyes of its correctional officers. As the officers talk about the realities of their world--everyday scuffles and insults, pressures, and fears--it becomes clear that working in the penal system affects their home lives, their healt
A small Australian town becomes the center of national attention when a poor but happy family fight to keep one of three foster children, a six-year-old physically challenged boy named Hector, after a welfare counselor deems the family's home unsuitable. The family hides Hector, claiming he was tak
A performance of Verdi's opera, taped on October 15, 1987, at Houston's Wortham Theater Center, the new home of the Houston Grand Opera.
Young Barney Palmer fears he has inherited the Scholar family magical powers when he becomes haunted by the spirit of his great uncle.
A drama which depicts one Sunday evening in the lives of seven disparate New Yorkers attending a dinner party. Their encounter reveals the desperation, fear, loneliness, and unhappiness that often lurks beneath banal cocktail party chatter, resulting in a view of social relationships in the 1980's.
A documentary about the great American movie palaces of the 1920s and 1930s. Filmed on location at some of the extraordinary theaters across the country, the program explores the diverse and priceless architecture of such greats as the Atlanta Fox, the Wiltern in Los Angeles, San Antonio's Majestic
A concert broadcast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and guest artists in performances of music by Bach and Mozart.
A "Great Performances" presentation saluting the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), founded in 1914 and with a membership today of nearly 40,000 writers and publishers. The program was taped at Wolf Trap Farm Park in June 1987, and features performers from every aspect of
An "American Playhouse" one-woman drama about Eleanor Roosevelt, adapted from her writings and radio shows.
Three ballets, written and constructed by David Gordon, are offered with Mikhail Baryshnikov as the star performer. The works are: "Valda and Misha," "TV Nine Lives," and "Murder." The first of the ballets ("Valda and Misha") was commissioned for this telecast.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Cav Rand, a young boy newly orphaned, who sells the family belongings so he can buy a horse and join a cattle drive. When the horse is stolen by a crooked peddler, he becomes a cook in the cattle drive and, along with his new friends, outwits the peddler to get his
A "WonderWorks" presentation centering on the escapades of a bright 14-year-old girl who dreams of being a detective. Molly McCue becomes bored with her quiet, suburban life and fantasizes about becoming a detective. She gets her chance when the urn containing the ashes of her recently departed gran
A drama about two sisters, proud and independent, who try to maintain their dignity and self-respect in the face of advancing years and failing health and fortune. Set in 19th century New England, the story explores the tensions of coping with the infirmities of old age and the desire to live an ind
A drama about a wife who never needed to be independent because her husband took care of everything. But Susanne Millard must begin to undertake all family responsibilities when Bob, her husband, is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease.
An "American Playhouse" production set at a boys prep school in 1905. The story begins in September when the new semester begins, and revolves around the returning big man on campus, William Hicks, otherwise known as "the prodigious Hickey" for his ingenious pranks. Also featured in the story are th
A production of Shakespeare's comedy played in vaudeville style, with the bard himself part of the performance. The story concerns two sets of identical twins and the inevitable problems of mistaken identity that ensue when different pairs of them meet up in different combinations.
A drama about a victim of agoraphobia, the fear of being in open or public places, who learns that her oldest sister is dying of leukemia. Her decision to venture outside the sanctuary of her home to visit her sister forces her to confront both her phobia and their strained relationship.
A behind-the-scenes look by documentary film team Albert and David Maysles at the private and public life of celebrated conductor Seiji Ozawa. The director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is seen rehearsing, performing, and relaxing at Tanglewood, Massachusetts (the summer home of the orchestra), a
A performance of a South African drama that probes the roots of injustice under apartheid. "Asinamali," which in Zulu means "we have no money," concerns five prison inmates who recount the crimes for which they were arrested. Their stories, darkly hilarious, expand into a nightmare version of life
A performance of Bizet's opera about a love triangle between a naive young officer, an aging toreador, and the bewitching gypsy temptress whom they both love.
A drama dealing with the desire to grow old the way you want to, not the way your children want you to. The topic is covered through the character of Hazel Peoples, a 60-year-old in conflict with her grown children about basic life values and her own sexuality. Broadcast as a segment of the PBS seri
A documentary chronicling the career of composer George Gershwin, originally airing during the 50th anniversary year of his death in 1937 at the age of 39. The program includes material from the Gershwin family's photo albums and home movies, footage of Gershwin in performance and rehearsal, and cli
Actor-composer John Rubinstein hosts a profile of his pianist grandfather, Arthur Rubinstein, who, had he lived (he died in 1982), would have celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on January 28, 1987. To commemorate that anniversary, the people of Lodz, Poland, brought the Rubinstein family back to
A live presentation of the New York City Opera's new production of Mozart's opera, telecast from the stage of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. The "Live From Lincoln Center" presentation is performed in German with English subtitles.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a Depression-era family living in Australia, who decide to go off and search for gold. In the first part, the Fletcher family sets up camp along with other poverty-stricken families hoping to find gold, and 12-year-old Alec Fletcher finds he has a problem
A documentary portrait of the famous composer, Gian Carlo Menotti. Featured in the program are excerpts from his works and interviews with the composer, his friends and colleagues.
Johann Strauss's beloved operetta of old Vienna, involving mistaken identity, revenge, and romantic mix-ups, telecast live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in a gala New Year's Eve performance.
An adaptation of Peter Parnell's off-Broadway play which describes the experiences of Daniel Rocket who, as a twelve-year-old boy, loves Alice. Twenty years later, after becoming rich and famous, he returns to his hometown a lonely man, reminded of his past love. The fantasy-drama focuses on Rocket'
A young boy decides to run for mayor of his home town. Based on the real experiences of Brian Zimmerman.
Two diverse ballets by the choreographer Jerome Robbins are performed. "Antique Epigraphs," first seen in 1984, is neo-classic in style and derived from ancient Greek themes. "Fancy Free," one of the staples of American ballet, describes the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City.
Mozart's comic masterpiece about the valet Figaro who must defend the honor of his bride-to-be against his master, the lecherous Count Almaviva. The performance was videotaped at the Metropolitan Opera House on December 14, 1985.
A portrait of legendary jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis, who defined the sound of contemporary jazz. The program profiles his life and career, and features Davis in performance at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans as part of the 1986 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and i
An adaptation of a short story by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), written while he was in prison and inspired by the thoughts of a dying prisoner, about a safecracker named Jimmy Valentine who decides to reform when he falls in love with the daughter of his potential victim.
An adaptation of Clifford Odet's 1938 play, set in a dentist's office in New York City on a hot summer day. Ben Stark, the dentist, feels that his life has come to a standstill, with his clinging wife, Belle, and his alluring secretary, Cleo, adding to his distress. Stark begins to live spontaneousl
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera's production of Leonard Bernstein's operatic adaptation of Voltaire's short novel about the nature of good and evil in this, "the best of all possible worlds."
Tina Howe's off-Broadway play about a talented artist who returns to her New England roots after an absence of many years in order to paint a portrait of her aging, eccentric parents. The bittersweet drama is a dramatic portrait of the inner-workings of a loving and talented family.
International competition and the need to cut production costs are forcing American-based businesses to shut down and search the globe for low-wage labor. The film looks at the internationalization of work and its meaning for Americans and third world countries.
A filmed adaptation of Humperdinck's beloved fairy-tale opera. Sung in German with English subtitles.
A teleplay about a Hispanic family living in New York City. The Iglesia family is in crisis over shattered dreams and dreams yet to be fulfilled, and Ramon Iglesia, after living in the United States for nineteen long, disappointing years, decides to move his family back to his native Puerto Rico. Th
A three-part dramatic recreation of the first encounters between English explorers and Native American Indians between the years 1584 and 1590, when the British landed on Roanoak Island to begin trading with the Algonquian-speaking Indians. The drama is based on hundreds of pages written by the expl
A adaptation of Mark Twain's classic tale of the adventures of the runaway boy, Huckleberry Finn.
A gala reunion performance with some of the original Cotton Club stars who made the Harlem night club one of the most famous in the world. Interviews and film clips from the era are combined with live performances.
Twenty-five master blues performers gather at Atlanta's Moonshadow Saloon to perform music that spans the blues spectrum, with sounds from Mississippi cotton plantations to the smokey nightspots of southside Chicago.
A musical inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte," and based loosely on the life of its creator, French Neo-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat (1859-1891), and the characters depicted in the painting. The program was taped at the Booth Theatre, on Broadway.
Orson Ziegler is a "straight arrow" student at a midwestern college in the '50s. Conflict arises in Orson's ordered, well-planned life when he acquires a new roommate, Hub Palamountain, an eccentric iconoclast, a beat generation rebel.
Celebrating his silver anniversary as a performer, Luciano Pavarotti is heard in a concert of solos, duets, and ensembles telecast live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The "plus" of the event consists of eight young American singers invited to participate by Pavarotti himself.
An adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's serious comedy about a cultured society concerned with the vagaries of love, heartbreak, and civil values, while the vision of World War One looms ahead.
Composer Virgil Thompson is profiled in this documentary. The program looks at the American composer who turned 90 on November 25, 1986. Thompson speaks for himself, looking back over his long and prolific career. Also included are interviews with friends and colleagues, and excerpts from some of hi
Scott Joplin's ragtime parable about a progressive-minded young woman who leads her community away from superstition and fear and toward education and enlightenment.
A performance documentary about the collaboration between composer Philip Glass and theater artist Robert Wilson who are seen at work remounting their opera, "Einstein on the Beach," for the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 1984 Next Wave Festival. The film, a presentation of "Great Performances," featur
Wagner's opera of medieval Antwerp, and the mysterious knight of the Holy Grail, Lohengrin. The knight, led by a swan, comes to Antwerp to save the innocent Elsa from the evil grasp of the sorceress Ortrud. Ortrud makes Elsa suspicious of her future husband, who finally crushes the evil forces. But
A four-part program that explores the process of creating music through profiles of four innovative contemporary composers -- Joseph Schwantner, George Rochberg, Walter Robinson, and Harry Somers -- who work with prominent musicians and performers in rehearsal. Each program presents studio performan
A telecast from the Kennedy Center in Washington of Gian Carlo Menotti's new opera, "Goya." The story concerns the love affair between the celebrated Spanish artist of the Napoleanic era and the Duchess of Alba, his mistress and model for his "Maja" portraits.
An adapation of Lee Kalcheim's stage play, which describes a day in the life of a couple who broadcast a radio talk show from their New York apartment in the early '60s.
An adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, set in the 1920s, which describes the experiences of Myra Harper who hangs around the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel in New York City where many romances bloom under the famous Biltmore clock. Myra finds a husband but problems arise when she meets th
In occupied France during World War II, a nun and her young charges risk their lives to harbor a group of Jewish children escaping the Nazis. Based on a true story.
The story of a special friendship between two 11-year-olds in a rural farming community: a sensitive and quiet farmboy who builds a private world with an imaginative, independent tomboy.
The drama, adapted from a short story by Kate Chopin, is set in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, and tells the story of a frail child-bride, married to a man who refuses to let her out of the house "for her own good." Circumstances lead her to believe that she can break free from her "prison," but
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a sensitive young girl and her reclusive aunt who come to love and understand each other through their mutual love for nature, particularly a seal named Lora.
A three-part drama set in 17th-century Massachusetts at the time of the Salem witch trials. Sarah Cloyce, a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft, bravely faces her accusers to emerge triumphantly.
Songs and scenes by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and Irving Berlin, performed by some of the country's leading musical comedy stars, and hosted by Sylvia Fine Kaye. The performance was taped before a live audience at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Jake, a successful journalist, has difficulties living up to the expectations of his family. He struggles to re-define his life as he attempts to cope unsuccessfully with his troubled wife, his demanding child, his parents, and his sister at a family reunion.
An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story about a ghost, walled up in a dungeon and left to die centuries ago for cowardice, who must prove his courage before being released from his haunting duties.
A young couple, much in love, is separated by the girl's family so that she can marry a rich but unattractive nobleman. A boy, through his generosity, unknowingly helps a god who gives him a magic flute. When played, this flute makes people dance against their will. Through the boy's use of the flut
The teleplay, adapted from a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., tells the story of a young half-black, half-German boy named Tobias who lives in a makeshift orphanage operated by a nun in the wasteland of post-World War II Germany. Tobias is determined to locate his father, whom he has been told was
The film explores different styles of tap dancing with four proponents of the art.
An adaptation of short stories by Jean Shepherd describing the growing-up pangs and pains of Ralph, the teenage son of a typical midwestern family. At Thanksgiving dinner, Ralph discovers his infatuation with an exotic Polish girl from East Chicago who has moved next door.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Union gunboats sailed into Port Royal Sound, on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia. White plantation owners fled, and the 10,000 blacks who lived there, almost all of whom were slaves, were freed in the first test of President Abraham Lincoln's dream of emanc
Originating live from the Juilliard Theater and the Juilliard Drama Theater, the telecast celebrates the conservatory's eightieth anniversary. The program includes drama, dance, and musical excerpts.
This is a story of two suburban men -- one, a rising, young, alcoholic advertising executive whose wife has left him and who is now bent on his own destruction; the other, an Italian ex-mobster turned Good Samaritan who's determined to save his life.
The drama, adapted from a story by Katherine Anne Porter, tells of a Swedish immigrant who arrives on a small Texas farm at the turn of the century for work, is hired, and subsequently, and inadvertantly, causes the downfall of his employer when a suspicious visitor comes to call.
A young black girl is greatly moved by the coming of the civil rights movement to her sleepy Mississippi town.
In 1915, eager, hopeful, and frightened Chinese immigrants await permission to cross San Francisco Bay and enter the United States. While in the detention center on Angel Island, the main characters confront the indignity of being treated as aliens as they try to realize their dreams for a better li
A teenager has big dreams of striking it rich and bringing his separated family back together. His problems begin when his dream comes true.
An animated special about Molly Conway, a lovable, carefree child with a colorful imagination and one big problem. Her parents don't get along anymore and their situation seems irreconcilable. When they decide to divorce, Molly has her own plans to keep them together.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a perfect instant child "born" in a factory at age 8. Due to a mistake in the factory's computer, Konrad is delivered to Bertie Bartolotti, a woman whose life and appearance are in a constant state of disarray. Konrad arrives looking like a gremlin, but wh
An adaptation for television of Sam Shepard's play about the antagonistic relationship of two brothers, Lee, a slovenly drifter and cat burglar, and Austin, an up-and-coming screenwriter. Set in rural California, the action begins when Lee turns up unexpectedly at his mother's house, now being tende
A boy brings home a 266-pound live chicken for his family's Thanksgiving dinner.
The story, set in a Mississippi Delta plantation house, focuses on a wealthy southern family divided by hypocrisy and malice. Big Daddy, the head of the family, is dying of cancer and about to lose his power over his family. His son, Brick, a former football hero, is having marital problems with his
A black family moves into an old house that hides several mysteries, including one involving a ghost.
A dramatization of the Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers spy case of the late '40s as it was carried out in hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The case against Hiss later went to a criminal court where he was convicted -- some contend unjustly -- of espionage and treason agaist his
An adaptation of Mark Twain's novel of mistaken identity, in which a slave woman cradle-switches her own light-skinned son with her master's white son. The ruse is uncovered by Pudd'nhead Wilson, the local lawyer.
Twelve-year-old Milo Crimpley takes a crash course on how to be a perfect person from his outlandish fairy godfather, Dr. Silverfish.
A ballet reflecting on the plight of the American Indian is based loosely on the story of Richard Oakes, one of the leaders of a group of Indians which occupied Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. The ballet uses special effects, larger-than-life-size graphics and special video effects to infuse the
Verdi's opera dramatizing the relentless power of fate, set in eighteenth-century Spain. Leonora and her lover, Don Alvaro, are separated after Alvaro accidentally kills her father. Leonora becomes a recluse at a monastery and is slain by her brother Carlo as revenge. This "Live From the Met" presen
An "American Playhouse" presentation, adapted from a novel by Philip Roth, telling of the experience of Nathan Zuckerman, a 45-year-old writer who, as a young man, visits an older, world famous author, Manny Lonoff, whom he discovers living in seclusion with two women -- his frustrated wife, and a y
The story of a black slaughterhouse worker who was part of the pioneering attempt to unionize the often fractious Chicago meatpackers at the end of World War I. But the post-war recession only increased the racial tensions already simmering within the slaughterhouses and stockyards and culminated in
Two young urban professionals, each with their own individual, idiosyncratic, eccentric neuroses, make the fatal mistake one day of meeting by chance at an automatic bank teller machine and making a date for the movies. From there on in, it's anyone's guess whether egos and emotions will survive the
Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov combine talents to recreate for television three outstanding Tharp ballets: "The Little Ballet," "Sinatra Suite," and "Push Comes to Shove." The works are linked by "The ABCs of Dance," a "stroll" through the vocabulary of dance conducted by Baryshnikov.
A one-hour adaptation of a short story by Isaac Bashvis Singer which tells the story of a successful European-born writer, a refugee in the United States, and a young woman who is a survivor of the Holocaust. The action takes place in a 1960s New York City cafeteria which is a haven for isolated and
Flagg Purdy, a stubborn, principled man who does not believe in celebrating Christmas as a holiday, must cope with the attempt by his daughter's fiance to introduce Christmas to the Purdy household for the first time.
An adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel. The film focuses on the Ramsay family's last summer at the seashore, before personal tragedy and the outbreak of World War I destroy their world.
An adaptation of D. L. Coburn's play about two residents of a nursing home whos gin rummy games bring out the best and the worst in both of them.
The story of young Booker T. Washington prior to the Civil War, whose greatest dream is to learn how to read in the South where reading is a crime for blacks.
A boy fights to retain his childhood dreams when he runs away to search for the troll he knows exists outside of fairy tales.
Set at the turn of the century, a young girl and her family are the only blacks living in a small midwestern community, where they face hatred and prejudice.
A two-part documentary retrospective on the life and career of choreographer George Balanchine. Using materials assembled from numerous sources, including archival and private collections, the programs follow the development of Balanchine's art from his youthful years at the Maryinsky Theater in pre
Two women -- one a mountain hermit; the other, a sullen suburban girl -- find, to their mutual surprise, that they need each other.
Based on his own writings, the drama follows the life of Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped into slavery in the mid-19th century and spent twelve years as a slave on Louisiana plantations.
An adaptation of O'Neill's play about a down-and-out gambler whose very survival depends on his talent for telling tales and on the necessity of having someone there to listen -- in this case, the bored and lonely front desk clerk at the flea-bitten hotel where Erie resides.
An "underground" newspaper and its publisher/editor sturggle to survive in the face of financial disaster. The editor is a driven man whose whole life has been a series of failures. When he does finally succeed in building a huge media empire, he finds it is "lonely at the top."
An adaptation of the 1892 play by Brandon Thomas about Fancourt Babberly, an English aristocrat inveigled into portraying the aunt of his friend, Charley, a Yale undergraduate, so he can act as a chaperone while Charley entertains his proper young lady.
The story of the uphill struggle of a small southern town to unionize its textile mill. It focuses on the efforts of a black mill worker and a white union organizer who meet opposition not only from plant management but also from their families. The drama explores the important role of women in the
A dramatization of the last years in the life of the American artist, Mark Rothko, his tragic suicide, and the ensuing art scandal involving the illegal sale of his works, which resulted in a nationally publicized trial and damages of $9.2 million.
A tribute to Eubie Blake, pianist and composer of over 1000 songs, on the occasion of his one-hundredth birthday.
Two live concerts of arias, ensembles, and orchestral works are telecast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in one day (matinee and evening) to celebrate the company's 100th birthday. The Metropolitan Opera's first performance occured on October 22, 1883, at the Old Metropolitan Opera H
An hour of first-person poetry performed by Richard Kiley as he assumes the personas of several legendary characters immortalized in well-known poems.
A young woman whose former involvement with a couple being investigated by the FBI leads her first before a grand jury and then to a jail cell -- all because she refuses to testify. The film examines the legal process that put her behind bars and the increasing pressures for her to compromise her pr
A black G.I. marries a white English girl and brings her to the United States in the 1950s. As an interracial couple they face the racial tensions of the American South. Their daughter later travels to England at the time of the Brixton race riots.
Adapted from Arthur Kopit's play, the drama is a stream-of-consciousness account of the experiences of Emily Stilson, a former daredevil aviatrix, who has suffered a stroke. The woman shares her confusion and frustrations with viewers, as she struggles to make sense of the world and to recover her p
The story of the ups and downs of the Antrobus family, a group based on the biblical first family of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel. Their adventures are meant to represent those of the family of humanity throughout its long, sordid history.
A story of an old man whose imminent death finds his four sons bickering over the inheritance that crystallizes the marked differences between them.
A dramatization of Nathaniel West's novel which tells the story of a young reporter during the Depression who is assigned to write the newpspaper's lovelorn column. He meets one of the lonely women who has written to him, and his base response to her pitiful attempt at seduction shocks and saddens h
A young soldier, bound for the front in World War II, makes a last visit home to attend to his mother's funeral -- and finds that his charming, traveling salesman father has had a second family for many years.
An adaptation of short stories by Jean Shepherd describing the quintessential American family on a hot Fourth of July in Indiana in the 1940's. Dad and Mom, their two sons, little Randy and 16-year-old Ralph, the hero of the drama with time on his hands, and several town eccentrics complete the pict
Ghost story about immigrant ancestors set on Ellis Island.
Sitting in a bathrobe in the office of his U.S. army psychiatrist, a young black Vietnam vet, recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, confronts the demons that haunt him from his war days. Inspired by the case of an actual veteran, the drama examines the social and individual cost of the
Set in Paris in the 1830s, the story relates the turbulent and tragic love affair of an idealistic young poet named Rodolfo and Mimi, a young woman stricken with tuberculosis.
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book about the average working man and woman which takes the viewpoint that he or she is anything but average.
Adapted from an unfinished novel by Shirley Jackson, the film tells the story of Mabel Lederer, an eccentric clairvoyant widow who tries to find happiness by assuming a new identity and moving away to a town that enchants her, in spite of the complaining voice of her deceased husband.
A "choreopoem" with music and movement distilled from the personal vision of poet Ntozake Shange, reflecting her pain and happiness, and the broad spectrum of the black woman's experience in America.
A one-hour film, adapted from a story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., about a painfully shy young man who can only be dynamic when acting in the local amateur theatrical society. In real life, Harry is the timid, bashful clerk at the local hardware store. When a new co-star for Harry comes onto the scene, th
A boy's mysterious disappearance from the suburb of Shady Hill sets the pace for this contempory comedy of errors about the incongruities of daily life in small-town America. The teleplay, complete with parody commericals, pokes fun at television reporting and the complacent lifestyles of this typic
In this adapatation of an Ann Beattie short story, George, an attractive college professor, has lived with Lenore for many years. When he is attracted to a young coed, George must re-examine his relationship with Lenore in this drama of commitment and infidelity.
A dramatization of the life of Juan Seguin, a heroic Mexican-Texan who became entangled in the struggle between two contrasting cultures in the turbulent decade between the Texas Revolution (1836) and the Mexican-American War (1846-1847).
A television adaptation of Lanford Wilson's 1978 drama about Ken Talley, Jr., a disabled, homosexual Vietnam vet struggling to cope with a family he loves and fears.
Giuseppe Verdi's melodrama, set in Italy in the seventeenth century, about the court jester, Rigoletto. The clown's employer, the libidinous Duke of Mantua, rapes Rigoletto's sequestered daughter, and the jester seeks his revenge, undaunted by the terrible curse that has been laid upon him by anothe
Violetta Valery, a celebrated Parisian courtesan, leaves the luxurious life granted her by her protector in order to live with a naive, emotional young man, Alfredo Germont. Germont's father persuades Violetta to leave Alfredo for the sake of his family's reputation, and she returns to Paris in desp
Donizetti's popular comic opera about a young man who believes that he can woo his sweetheart by drinking a love potion (actually just red wine) given to him by a medicine show man. Ultimately, true love wins out over the supposedly magic elixir.
The mysterious, beautiful Lulu is irresistible to men and women alike, all of whom fall in love with her and end up destroyed by their own passions. Lulu meets her own grisly, inevitable fate in the hands of Jack the Ripper.
In a town near Paris, in the year 1721, Manon, a young woman on her way to join a convent, impetuously falls in love with a young man and runs off to Paris with him. The plot of Puccini's first successful opera involves Manon's off-again, on-again love for her lover Des Grieux, her rise and fall as
A performance of Barber's opera from the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. The story concerns a middle-aged woman named Vanessa who has waited twenty years for her lover to return and has had only her niece, Erika, to share her life and reflect her despair. When Anatol, the son of her now-dead lov
Considered by many to be Martha Graham's greatest dance work, the ballet tells the story of Queen Clytemnestra, who murdered her husband, King Agamemnon, after he returned to Greece from the Trojan War in vengeance for his murder of their daughter Iphigenia as a sacrifice to the god Apollo prior to
The San Francisco Ballet performs the full-length version of "Romeo and Juliet," with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Michael Smuin.
The American Ballet Theatre performs four works from its repertoire in a live broadcast from Lincoln Center. The ballets include: "Les Sylphides," "Don Quixote Pas de Deux," "Theme and Variations," and "The Firebird." During the two intermissions there are live on-camera interviews with Mikhail Bar
The Phoenix Theater production of Wendy Wasserstein's play about a reunion of five graduates of an exclusive New England college for women.
"Esplanade" and "Runes" -- two works by noted modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor -- are performed by members of his company.
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Menotti's drama about first-generation immigrants in the Little Italy district of New York City.
A live telecast of a production of the well-known ballet, "Coppelia," performed by the New York City Ballet.
From the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic in a concert with guest soloist, soprano Shirley Verrett.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem performs five ballets from its repertoire: "Forces of Rhythm," "Bugaku," "Dougla," "Holberg Suite," and "The Beloved." The company is also seen in rehearsal.
Erich Leinsdorf conducts the New York Philharmonic in a live telecast from Avery Fisher Hall, with pianist Andre Watts performing music by Brahms.
The first of a two-part special honoring the celebrated choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine. Includes performances of ballets such as Ravel's "Tzigane," Hindemith's "The Four Temperaments," and one inspired by Mozart's "Divertimento No. 15."
Excerpts from nine works are performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, including: "Minutiae," "Solo," "Westbeth," "Septet," "Antic Meet," "Scramble," "Rainforest," "Sounddance," and "Video Triangle."
The course of modern dance is traced from the early years of this century through the 1930s. Dances performed are: "Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan," "Polonaise," "Soaring," "Mother," "Scriabin Etudes," and "Japanese Spear Dance."
A live telecast of Adolphe Adam's ballet "Giselle," performed by the American Ballet Theatre.
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Massenet's opera about a tragic love affair in eighteenth century Louisiana.
The Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs four works: "Ocellus," "Ciona," "Monkshood's Farewell," and "Untitled."
The second of a two-part special. Members of the New York City Ballet dance in a special performance as a tribute to their principal choreographer, George Balanchine. The music performed includes Tchaikovsky's "Diamonds" and a violin concerto by frequent Balanchine collaborator Igor Stravinsky.
The Joffrey Ballet performs excerpts from the following ballets: "Remembrances," "Olympics," "Parade," "The Green Table," and "Trinity."
Rafael Kubelik conducts the New York Philharmonic in a live telecast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with pianist Claudio Arrau performing music by Beethoven.
A complete performance of renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp's ballet, "Sue's Leg."
A performance of six works by Martha Graham: "Frontier," "Lamentation," "Appalachian Spring," "Diversion of Angels," "Adorations," and "Cave of the Heart." All dances are performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company.
A live telecast of a performance of Tchaikovsky's well-known and well-loved ballet, from a production by the American Ballet Theatre.
A live broadcast of a performance of Rossini's comic opera, from a production by the New York City Opera Company.
The American Ballet Theatre performs two ballets: Meyerbeer's "Les Patineurs" and Aaron Copland's "Billy the Kid."
A recital featuring renowned pianist Andre Watts, telecast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Excerpts from the following ballets are performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet: "Madrigalesco," "Grosse Fugue," "Adagio Hammerklavier," "Concerto Barocco," and "Concerto Grosso."
A live concert broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with conductor Andre Previn, and piano soloist Van Cliburn.
An American opera featuring characters based on real people who lived through the fabled silver mining days in 19th century Colorado. Baby Doe is a beautiful young woman who wins the love of Horace Tabor, 30 years her senior and the richest man in Colorado. He spurns the love of his first wife, Augu
Production Companies (special)
A documentary tracing the career and life of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Waldo Salt, who overcame the stigma of the 1950s blacklist to write "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home."
A portrait of the legendary jazz great Thelonious Sphere Monk, featuring previously unseen footage from the 1960s.
Misc. Crew (special)
Series for young people in which trumpet virtuoso and composer Wynton Marsalis teaches the fundamentals of classical music and jazz.
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