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Season 18, Episode 01 None Without Sin

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Sep 3, 2003
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None Without Sin Sep 3, 2003 Director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller were once best friends and professional colleagues, to most that knew them then in both capacities as soul mates. Their politics were similar which was reflected in their work. Kazan was a Communist Party member for a few years in the mid-1930's, but Miller never officially joined the party ranks. Their relationship changed in the early 1950's when Kazan was subpoenaed to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. To the Committee, Kazan named names of supposed friends - albeit names the Committee already had - but for many, including Miller, Kazan's move was both an act of support of the Committee's blacklisting, and a purely self-preserving measure for his own movie directing career. Kazan's professional life, and by association personal life, was not an easy one following his testimony. Both Kazan and Miller's individual works following - most specifically Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), Miller's "The Crucible" and "A View from the Bridge", and their collaboration on "After the Fall" - were direct responses to Kazan's act in front of the Committee. Marilyn Monroe, Miller's wife in the late 1950's and a past lover of Kazan's, also played an integral role in both their lives in relationship to the affect of Kazan's testimony, and Miller's own testimony to the Committee four years after Kazan's.

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Season 18, Episode 02 James Brown: Soul Survivor

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Oct 29, 2003
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James Brown: Soul Survivor Oct 29, 2003 The highs and lows of the life of James Brown, the colorful and controversial "Godfather of Soul".

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Season 18, Episode 03 Cary Grant: A Class Apart

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Jan 7, 2004
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Cary Grant: A Class Apart Jan 7, 2004 American Masters explores the life and career of Cary Grant (born Archie Leach) with celebrity interviews.

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Season 18, Episode 04 Balanchine

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Jan 14, 2004
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Balanchine Jan 14, 2004 A retrospective on the life and work of George Balanchine, a founder of American ballet.

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Season 18, Episode 05 Judy Garland: By Myself

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Feb 25, 2004
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Judy Garland: By Myself Feb 25, 2004 Actress Judy Garland tells her own story through recordings she made while preparing to write her autobiography.

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Season 18, Episode 06 Henry Luce & Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire

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Apr 28, 2004
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Henry Luce & Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire Apr 28, 2004 Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc. in 1923 and presided over the company for more than 45 years, making an indelible mark on publishing in the process. This compelling look into the life of the publishing icon includes photographs and news footage from the company's unparalleled archives, readings from ground-breaking essays, and firsthand accounts from those who knew Luce best to provide insight into his life, work, and influence on America.

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Season 18, Episode 07 Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

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Jun 23, 2004
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Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues Jun 23, 2004 The authoritative documentary on Country Music's most influential figure.

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Season 18, Episode 08 Julia! America's Favorite Chef

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Aug 18, 2004
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Julia! America's Favorite Chef Aug 18, 2004 Scooping up a potato pancake, patting chickens, coaxing a reluctant soufflé, or rescuing a curdled sauce, Julia Child was never afraid of making mistakes. "Remember, if you are alone in the kitchen, who is going to see you?" she reassured her television audience. Catapulted to fame as the host of the series The French Chef, Julia was an unlikely star. Over 6' 2", middle aged and not conventionally pretty, Julia had a voice careened effortlessly over an octave and could make an aspic shimmy. She was prone to say things like "Horray" and "Yum, yum." Her early culinary attempts had been near disasters, but once she learned to cook, her passion for cooking and her devotion to teaching, brought her into the hearts of millions and ultimately made her an American icon. To the fans who knew and loved her, she was known simply as Joooolia.

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