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Eugene O'Neill

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The compelling life story of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright comes to the screen in a documentary featuring scenes performed by Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Liam Neeson, and Vanessa Redgrave, and originally produced as part of PBS's American Experience series. Despite intense family drama and raging inner turmoil, Eugene O'Neill persevered to emerge as a world-class talent through such acclaimed works as +The Iceman Cometh and +Long Day's Journey Into Night. In transcending the traditional documentary form to truly examine O'Neill's character in great detail, filmmakers offer a revealing meditation on loss, redemption, and the high cost that artists are forced to pay in life. Excerpts from O'Neill's plays performed by some of the greatest actors of their generation prove that, even after his death, O'Neill continues to influence and inspire.

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[Playwright Tony] Kushner is one of the talking heads in Eugene O'Neill... All of them, between scenes from stage and screen, old photographs and moody montages of waves and trees, roll around in the playwright's wounds.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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