American Masters: Season 32 (2017 - 2018)

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Air date: Sep 1, 2017

An unconventional look at the fiercely independent filmmaking style that emerged in the late 1980s and 1990s sparked by filmmaker Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"). The documentary features excerpts from Linklater's journals; cinéma vérité footage from the set of "Everybody Wants Some!!"; and remarks from such actors and collaborators as Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Julie Delpy and Kevin Smith.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2017

A profile of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese-American painter behind "Bambi" and "Rebel Without a Cause," who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2017

A profile of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49), who's best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem "The Raven." He also created the detective fiction genre with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841; and published more comedies than horror. After Poe's untimely death, a literary rival penned a high-profile, decidedly unflattering obituary that made him sound like one of the narrators of his horror tales. The truth, of course, is far more complex. Here, Poe experts correct the record.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2017

A profile of comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003). Included: Billy Crystal gives voice to his writings; clips from his body of work; and remarks from Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2018

A profile of playwright and civil rights activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-65), whose 1959 play "A Raisin in the Sun" changed the face of American theater by depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago's South Side. Included: home movies; rare photos; unpublished documents; and remarks from Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett Jr.

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Air date: May 18, 2018

A profile of Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000), who was known as the world's most beautiful woman. Behind the pretty face, however, was the mind of an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication. An Austrian Jewish emigrant, she invented a covert communication system to try to help defeat the Nazis; and it was her concept that is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth technologies.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2018

A profile of Major League Baseball hall of famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams (1918-2002), including his complex relationships with his Mexican-American background, family, press and fans.

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A profile of sculptor Eva Hesse (1936-70). As the 1960s came to a close, the 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career: She had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. But her life was cut short by a brain tumor.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2018

A profile of artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Included: his wide range of influences, including modern artists, war, film and the African American community.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2018

A profile of artist Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007). Included: her journey from an impoverished childhood to artistic maverick; and her place in contemporary art history.

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Critic Reviews for American Masters Season 32

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"Decoding Watson" explains: Watson is one of the most important scientists of the 20th century, but his racist views have since threatened to overshadow his singular accomplishments and may have now, ineradicably, superseded them.

Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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That story is well told here. It had me in tears, at any rate - I am that kind of sports fan.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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