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Liz Swados Takes the High Road in My Depression on HBO

Born in 1951, Elizabeth Swados was a wunderkind, given the range of talents she enjoyed to great success while still in her twenties: composer, performer, music conductor, writer, illustrator. Then regarded as avant-garde, her creative spirit proved to be as natural as life … Continue reading

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Children of Giant Takes a New Look at an Old Film on PBS

Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo and film director George Stevens.  Through the years, it’s been hard to dodge the after-hours buzz on this stellar crew.  It’s also hard to imagine them playing second fiddle to anyone, but that’s what … Continue reading

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HBO’s Living with Lincoln Reveals One Family’s Magnificent Obsession

My dad was a hard-core Lincoln buff.  And, frankly, he didn’t have to work very hard to get me on board the Abraham Lincoln bandwagon. When Ken Burns’ groundbreaking miniseries, The Civil War, debuted on PBS, my dad and I shared that experience and every … Continue reading

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It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise Debuts on HBO

“Skeezix sleeps in a bowl under a lamp in Hilary Knight’s memento-filled Manhattan apartment. Skeezix is a cat that looks like a raccoon.  Eloise would feel at home here.” Almost 20 years have passed since I penned that lead-in to my interview … Continue reading

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Salinger Director’s Cut to Premiere Exclusively on PBS

“This is my definitive version of the film.”–Shane Salerno, Director/Producer, SALINGER The Catcher in the Rye was published by Little, Brown in 1951 to great fanfare.  Its author, J. D. Salinger, and his protagonist, Holden Caulfield, became overnight cult figures.  Apparently, this was a mixed blessing for … Continue reading

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Rebel Honors Latina Soldier in the American Civil War

I’m generally not a fan of documentaries that incorporate dramatic re-enactments into the mix. However, I applaud filmmaker María Agui Carter—Rockefeller fellow and native of Ecuador—who includes some quite lovely and effective dramatic moments in her new hour-long film, Rebel, premiering on PBS on Memorial Day … Continue reading

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