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The Day Carl Sandburg Died (Episode #2505#)

KQED 9: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

For much of the 20th century, Carl Sandburg's name was synonymous with the American experience -- a spokesman on behalf of 'the people. " He became one of the most successful writers in the English language, using his unique life -- from impoverished beginnings on the prairie of Illinois to the halls of Congress to the Ed Sullivan Show -- in his free verse poetry. His was a classic American tale of success -- a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, a biographer -- most notably of Abraham Lincoln -- a journalist, children's storyteller, folk song collector, novelist and autobiographer. But Sandburg's story is not without controversy. After his death in 1967, his literary legacy faded and his poems, once taught in schools across America, were dismissed under the weight of massive critical attack. This program captures the burgeoning resurgence of interest in Sandburg and his contributions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Channel 9: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Living Tradition 1998-2008 (Episode #2107)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Tent-pole films. Weekend grosses. Megabudgets. The 1980s usher in modern moviemaking and marketing. Box-office smashes Superman, Batman and The Matrix become franchises. The Harry Potter series enthralls the world. Clint Eastwood creates a succession of Oscar-winning instant classics. And studio collaborations with George Clooney and more new talents pave the way to a future as fabled as the past. Key interviews: George Clooney, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese Key films: The Color Purple, Mystic River, The Departed, Michael Clayton and Unforgiven.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

James Levine: America's Maestro (Episode #2403)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

To celebrate his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera in 2011, conductor James Levine's life and current work were the subject of this documentary, which captures the essence of his unparalleled musicianship and his singular teaching and performance style, while looking back at creative milestones since his Met debut in 1971 at the age of 28.
Over the course of a year, filmmaker Susan Froemke followed Levine. Included in the film are intimate scenes between the maestro and longtime collaborator Placido Domingo as they rehearse Verdi's Simon Boccanegra; intense rehearsals with the Met Orchestra as they prepare for their first performance of Beethoven's 5th Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and Levine's poignant coaching sessions with aspiring young singers preparing to launch their careers. The film provides a revealing portrait of one of classical music's giants, exploring how Levine transformed the Met's orchestra into one of the great ensembles, elicited legendary performances from leading singers, and nurtured new generations of artists.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (Episode #2201)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

He was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as "West Side Story," "Gypsy" and "Peter Pan," and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced. Directed and produced by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg and written by best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill, this first and only documentary on Robbins features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage and never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over 40 friends and associates -- among them Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim and Robbins' Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. The film is narrated by Ron Rifkin ("Brothers & Sisters").

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Judy Garland: By Myself (Episode #1704)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood - it is stamped as a virtual imprint on our imaginations, a celluloid image frozen in time. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She was magic, almost mythical. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. There were her problems, to be sure, but the proof is in the performances, from The Wizard of Oz to the Palladium, from the Oscars to the Grammies. With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, the film is wrapped in Judy's voice, actually telling her story in her own words. So many outsiders have tried to tell this story and so many friends and family have weighed in - now Judy gets center stage, all to herself. This is her ultimate comeback.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - War and Peace: 1937-1949 (Episode #2104)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 11:02 PM

Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-1950) - Warner Bros. becomes home to celebrated stars Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and more. The studio -- like the world -- faces the twin catastrophes of the Depression and World War II. Warner answers with films that reflect a deep and defiant belief in the courage of common people. But after the war, on-screen noir reflects the off-screen anxiety of blacklists and political witch-hunts. Key interviews: James Cagney, Ronald Reagan, Howard Hawks and Alexis Smith. Key films: Casablanca, Now, Voyager, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Kings Row and White Heat.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 5:02 AM

Judy Garland: By Myself (Episode #1704)

KQED 9: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood - it is stamped as a virtual imprint on our imaginations, a celluloid image frozen in time. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She was magic, almost mythical. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. There were her problems, to be sure, but the proof is in the performances, from The Wizard of Oz to the Palladium, from the Oscars to the Grammies. With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, the film is wrapped in Judy's voice, actually telling her story in her own words. So many outsiders have tried to tell this story and so many friends and family have weighed in - now Judy gets center stage, all to herself. This is her ultimate comeback.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation (Episode #2108)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

This program provides an intimate family biography of the four Warner brothers who founded and ran the studio during its first decades, as told by Harry Warner's granddaughter, Cass Warner.

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Living Tradition 1998-2008 (Episode #2107)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Tent-pole films. Weekend grosses. Megabudgets. The 1980s usher in modern moviemaking and marketing. Box-office smashes Superman, Batman and The Matrix become franchises. The Harry Potter series enthralls the world. Clint Eastwood creates a succession of Oscar-winning instant classics. And studio collaborations with George Clooney and more new talents pave the way to a future as fabled as the past. Key interviews: George Clooney, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese Key films: The Color Purple, Mystic River, The Departed, Michael Clayton and Unforgiven.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

The Brothers Warner, An American Masters Presentation (Episode #2108)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

This program provides an intimate family biography of the four Warner brothers who founded and ran the studio during its first decades, as told by Harry Warner's granddaughter, Cass Warner.

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story - A Living Tradition 1998-2008 (Episode #2107)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

Tent-pole films. Weekend grosses. Megabudgets. The 1980s usher in modern moviemaking and marketing. Box-office smashes Superman, Batman and The Matrix become franchises. The Harry Potter series enthralls the world. Clint Eastwood creates a succession of Oscar-winning instant classics. And studio collaborations with George Clooney and more new talents pave the way to a future as fabled as the past. Key interviews: George Clooney, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese Key films: The Color Purple, Mystic River, The Departed, Michael Clayton and Unforgiven.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Cachao: Uno Mas (Episode #2304)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 9:30 PM

The Grammy winning bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida, in March 2008, at almost 90 years of age. A maestro of legendary status on the world stage and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, he had made his home in the United States for the past four decades. However, he continued playing the Havana clubs and dance halls with his brother Orestes. Together, they revolutionized the heart of Cuban music -- their spontaneous improvisations and innovations established the basis of, and the influence of, contemporary Latin jazz and salsa, rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues. The basis of this film is a sold-out 2005 concert at Bimbo's 365 Club, a famous San Francisco nightclub. Cachaos's life and work are palpable. "Cachao: Uno Mas" is produced and narrated by actor Andy Garcia, a friend and ardent fan, who helped reinvigorate Cachao's career in the 1990s -- and who appears in this film playing the bongos.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 3:30 AM
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