In an unprecedented arrangement with this prestigious conservatory, American Masters was granted the exclusive and unrestricted rights to spend a full year filming within its guarded walls. Juilliard reaches beyond the mystique and magic of artistry, revealing the daily struggles and joys in the quest for excellence. What emerges is a portrait of the creative process, the essence of discipline and dedication. In its 95-year history, from music to opera and dance to drama, the Juilliard School has set the international standard for education in the performing arts. This film weaves five stories of present students with the past glories and hardships of distinguished faculty and celebrated alumni. Through personal accounts-including Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams, Itzhak Perlman and Wynton Marsalis, Martha Clark and Leontyne Price-the viewer becomes intimate with an elite, intense world and the price often exacted to be "the best". [116 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
All Upcoming Episodes
Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler (#2802)
James Levine: America's Maestro (#2403)
These episodes of American Masters aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler (#2802)
- Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel (#2503)
- Judy Garland: By Myself (#1704)
- Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning (#2704)
- Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (#2606)
- August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand (#2705)
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (#2602)
- Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice (#2801)
- Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (#2605)