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Great Directors: Making of 21st Century Hollywood

Next Airing: Thu, Oct 21st, 2021 at 4:30 AM on UEN-TV

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21st Century Hollywood is still the Mecca for filmmaking. The studios are still here. The glitz and the glamour are still here. But it is the genius of the American cinema, which has evolved with the times, that has made Hollywood great today. This five part series The Great Directors: The Making of 21st Century Hollywood features the directors that are making the mega-franchise blockbusters bankrolling the whole system; the directors of the small indie films winning Oscars; the directors behind the second Golden age of animation; the directors who have brought feature-length documentaries to the big screen; and the plethora of foreign directors that Hollywood has welcomed with open arms from all over the world. Host and veteran actor Erick Avari showcases the great directors that have led the way to the supercharged Hollywood of the 21st Century.


  • Documentary and Experimental Film

    Program four centers on how, beginning in the 30s, directors made documentaries capturing exotic places, animals and people that blossomed into the megahit documentary features of the 21st Century, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars. Chapters: The Documentary. 1922 - Robert J. Flaherty, Father of Documentary Film. 1943 - Maya Deren and Stan Brakhage Set the Standard for Experimental Film. 1967 - D.A. Pennebaker Develops Direct Cinema. 1988 - Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line. 1990 - The Ken Burns Style.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 21st, 2021 at 4:30 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: Expires 6/30/2026
  • Animation

    Animation is as old as Hollywood itself. Program five traces the evolution of animation from the director of the first animation short, Winsor McCay, to the first animated feature, Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the second Golden age of animation led by CGI megahits from studios such as Pixar with its lead director, John Lasseter. Chapters: A New Golden Age of Animation. 1914 - Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur. 1937 - Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 1953 - Chuck Jones' Surreal Duck Amuck. 2013 - Pixar Animation Studios' Brave Wins an Oscar.

    Next Airing: Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021 at 10:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:41
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  • Immigrant Filmmakers

    Hollywood has always attracted foreign directors with unique outsider perspective and filmmaking traditions, including film masters such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Ang Lee. Program three presents the impact of immigrant directors not only on American cinema, but their judgment and portrayal of the American story. Chapters: The Outsider's Perspective. 1942 - Ernst Lubitsch, Master of Innuendo. 1944 - Otto Preminger Brings the Dark Shadows of Europe to Hollywood. 1954 - Elia Kazan Redefines Acting. 1958 - Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense. 2013 - Ang Lee Wins Oscar for Best Director.

    Length: 00:28:47
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  • The Independent Auteur

    While one half of Hollywood is the big budget action film, the other half is the socially and psychologically conscious Indie. From John Cassavetes to the Coen brothers, program two focuses on the independent auteur, the director as author of the "literature" of modern times. Chapters: The Auteur Theory. 1959 - John Cassavetes, Father of Independent American Cinema. 1968 - Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1970 - Robert Altman's MASH Satirizes War. 1977 - Woody Allen Makes Annie Hall. 1994 - Quentin Tarantino Romanticizes Violence with Pulp Fiction. 2007 - The Coen Brothers, Masters of Genre Bending.

    Length: 00:28:52
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  • The Summer Blockbuster

    In the 1970s Hollywood escaped slow financial ruin with the emergence of the summer Blockbuster from the genius of such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Program one shows how this idea not only redefined the business of Hollywood, but led to one of Hollywood's greatest financial marvels - the franchise. Chapters: The Tent Pole. 1972 - Francis Ford Coppola Redefines Hollywood. 1975 - Steven Spielberg Launches the Summer Blockbuster. 1977 - George Lucas Establishes 'The Franchise'. 2012 - The Franchise Event Film.

    Length: 00:27:56
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