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Summary: After the veritable riot that ensued from his 1938 radio directorial effort, "The War of the Worlds," Hollywood recognized the extraordinary genius of Orson Welles. A contract with RKO Studios and full creative control over his masterpiece Citizen Kane soon followed.and then he married Rita Hayworth. This robust program juxtaposes the biographies of Welles and Hayworth. Career pressure led to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In 1940s American cinema, they were made for each other. This magnificent program captures how Frank Capra used James Stewart to project a message of an ideal America, perhaps best illustrated in their 1946 collaboration, It's a Wonderful Life. It also details their biographies and first meeting on the set of 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart's later career is examined-primarily his...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Brando and Kazan: two dynamic forces of heightened realism who used each other to further their aims. This valuable program goes behind the scenes of some of their best-known collaborations-A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront-to illustrate how Kazan was like a father figure to Brando, challenging him to excel. Both men's careers leading up to their first meeting at Lee Strasberg's...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: As an investigative journalist in Austria-Hungary, Billy Wilder espoused ideals that would be the themes in his later films: a play of ambiguity; changes of identity; and a fascination for America. This compassionate program explains how Wilder used these themes to craft Marilyn Monroe's performances in The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. Their joyful complicity is best illustrated in...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: They helped to instill the mythic qualities of the cowboy in American cinema. This powerhouse program focuses on the friendship of John Wayne and John Ford, beginning with their first meeting in 1928 and spanning their collaboration over 130 pictures, 14 of which were made without a contract-unheard of in 21st-century Hollywood. The program analyzes chiefly their work in Stagecoach and Red...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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