• American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman's Skills
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman's Skills
    Itzhak Perlman reminisces about his first encounter as a teenager with the ...
    Itzhak Perlman reminisces about his first encounter as a teenager with the world-famous violinist Jascha Heifetz. Perlman was a student at Juilliard and Heifetz stopped in at his class to hear him ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing
    Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself ...
    Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself passively to better focus attention on the music. This does not mean the music played by one of the world's greatest ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays
    S29 E2: August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays
    August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character ...
    August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character development and the plot. This film excerpt from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes a dramatic reading of ...
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  • American Masters -- Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays
    S29 E2: Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays
    Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two ...
    Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two artists married each other in 1994. Romero describes the decisions she made while creating looks for August Wilson's ...
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  • American Masters -- Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary
    S29 E2: Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary
    Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August ...
    Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this filmmaker interview he speaks about Wilson's relevance, interviewing actors and ...
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  • American Masters -- Actor James Earl Jones on August Wilson's Plays
    S29 E2: Actor James Earl Jones on August Wilson's Plays
    In this behind-the-scenes look from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, ...
    In this behind-the-scenes look from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, director Sam Pollard interviews James Earl Jones, a Tony Award winner in 1987 for his role in Wilson's "Fences," for ...
  • American Masters -- August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion
    S29 E2: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion
    After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on ...
    After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on February 9, 2015, the film's director and producer, Sam Pollard, moderated a panel with actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson in Seattle
    S29 E2: August Wilson in Seattle
    In 1990, August Wilson and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero, moved to ...
    In 1990, August Wilson and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero, moved to Seattle. After his death in 2005, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Center honored the playwright by naming ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson's Youth
    S29 E2: August Wilson's Youth
    August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he ...
    August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he showed an early love of language and learning, and suffered daily insults for being black at a primarily white school. Wilson ...
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  • American Masters -- Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Skills for "Seven Guitars" Role
    S29 E2: Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Skills for "Seven Guitars" Role
    Blues music runs through many of August Wilson's plays, particularly "Seven ...
    Blues music runs through many of August Wilson's plays, particularly "Seven Guitars." Ruben Santiago-Hudson didn't know how to play harmonica when he auditioned for his role in it, but he aimed to ...
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  • American Masters -- Phylicia Rashad Performs "Gem of the Ocean" Aunt Ester Scene
    S29 E2: Phylicia Rashad Performs "Gem of the Ocean" Aunt Ester Scene
    In August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," Aunt Ester is a matriarch and former ...
    In August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," Aunt Ester is a matriarch and former slave. Phylicia Rashad performed the role on Broadway and in a dramatic reading created for August Wilson: The Ground on ...
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  • American Masters -- Scene from "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play
    S29 E2: Scene from "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play
    August Wilson's "Fences" won a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards in 1987. In ...
    August Wilson's "Fences" won a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards in 1987. In this scene staged for August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, characters Tony, Rose and Bono have a heated ...
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  • American Masters -- Monologue from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson
    S29 E2: Monologue from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson
    "White folks don’t understand about the blues," says Ma Rainey in the play, ...
    "White folks don’t understand about the blues," says Ma Rainey in the play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. This dramatic reading created for August Wilson: ...
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  • American Masters -- Ricky Jay and Art Spiegelman in Conversation
    S29 E1: Ricky Jay and Art Spiegelman in Conversation
    This web-extra feature is a Hammer Conversation with Ricky Jay and Art ...
    This web-extra feature is a Hammer Conversation with Ricky Jay and Art Spiegelman, from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on November 17, 2007. Sleight-of-hand magician Ricky Jay and cartoonist Art ...
    0:51:04
  • American Masters -- Ricky Jay Remembers Mentor Dai Vernon
    S29 E1: Ricky Jay Remembers Mentor Dai Vernon
    "If I had never seen him do magic he'd be the most remarkable person I ever ...
    "If I had never seen him do magic he'd be the most remarkable person I ever met," say Ricky Jay of his friend and mentor, the magician Dai Vernon (1894 -1992), also known as "Professor." A remarkable ...
    0:03:41
  • American Masters -- Ricky Jay on Ways of Learning: Books and Teachers
    S29 E1: Ricky Jay on Ways of Learning: Books and Teachers
    "I’ve collected thousands of books in my life about magic technique. But I ...
    "I’ve collected thousands of books in my life about magic technique. But I believe that the real key to learning is personally. It’s almost like the sensei master relationship in the martial ...
    0:00:53
  • American Masters -- Ricky Jay on His Mentor: Charlie Miller
    S29 E1: Ricky Jay on His Mentor: Charlie Miller
    Ricky Jay learned much from magician Charlie Miller about how to refine his ...
    Ricky Jay learned much from magician Charlie Miller about how to refine his practice and make a move better each time he performs it. Despite the extreme repetition and level of questioning Miller ...
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  • American Masters -- Filmmaker Molly Bernstein on Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice
    S29 E1: Filmmaker Molly Bernstein on Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice
    Filmmaker Molly Bernstein describes her astonishment the first time she saw ...
    Filmmaker Molly Bernstein describes her astonishment the first time she saw Ricky Jay perform. It led her to learn more about sleight-of-hand and the history of magic. She and her partner eventually ...
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  • American Masters -- Sleight of Hand and Three-Card Monte with Ricky Jay
    S29 E1: Sleight of Hand and Three-Card Monte with Ricky Jay
    At a performance in London, Ricky Jay demonstrates three-card monte in his ...
    At a performance in London, Ricky Jay demonstrates three-card monte in his one-man show, "Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants," which premiered Off-Broadway in 1994. Jay considers himself lucky to feel ...
    0:02:23
  • American Masters -- Bing Crosby Sings with the Crosby Boys
    S28 E10: Bing Crosby Sings with the Crosby Boys
    Bing Crosby sings the African-American spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of ...
    Bing Crosby sings the African-American spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" with three of his sons on his television special in 1960. Crosby's first four sons --- Gary, twins Dennis and ...
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  • American Masters -- Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Carol Lawrence Perform
    S28 E10: Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Carol Lawrence Perform
    Bing Crosby, French entertainer Maurice Chevalier and musical theater actress ...
    Bing Crosby, French entertainer Maurice Chevalier and musical theater actress Carol Lawrence sing "Riding High" during Crosby's television special in 1961. This film outtake is from American Masters - ...
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