American Masters

By Sidney Lumet

Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet made 44 films in 50 years, earning the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement after four Oscar nominations. Considered a quintessential New York filmmaker, Lumet frequently used New York City’s urban mettle to infuse his films with a realism and intensity that kept audiences in suspense while prodding them to consider their own morality.

Air Date 1/3/17

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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.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #2905 — The Highwaymen: American Masters |
    Friday, Jan 27 at 8pm TPT 2
  • #2905 — The Highwaymen: American Masters |
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 2am TPT 2
  • #2904 — Fats Domino: American Masters |
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 2pm TPT LIFE
  • #2903 — B.B. King: American Masters |
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #2904 — Fats Domino: American Masters |
    Monday, Feb 6 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #2705 — August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand
    From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America's Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage. This film tells of his journey to the Great White Way, the triumphs and struggles along the path to such seminal works as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and four others before his untimely death in 2005. Directed by Emmy-winner Samuel Pollard (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; Slavery by Another Name).
    Sunday, Feb 19 at 12:30pm TPT 2
  • #2901 — Althea
    Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.
    Thursday, Feb 16 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Friday, Feb 17 at 2am TPT LIFE
  • #2903 — B.B. King: American Masters
    Explore B.B. King's challenging life and career through candid interviews with the "King of the Blues," filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #2904 — Fats Domino: American Masters
    Discover how Fats Domino's brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock 'n' roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 2pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 6 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #2905 — The Highwaymen: American Masters
    Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
    Friday, Jan 27 at 8pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 2am TPT 2
  • #3002 — Maya Angelou: American Masters
    Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.
    New Tuesday, Feb 21 at 7pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Feb 22 at 1am TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 23 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Friday, Feb 24 at 2am TPT LIFE
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