American Experience: Eugene O'Neill

Overview

The compelling life story of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright comes to the screen in a documentary featuring scenes performed by Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Liam Neeson, and Vanessa Redgrave, and originally produced as part of PBS's American Experience series. Despite intense family drama and raging inner turmoil, Eugene O'Neill persevered to emerge as a world-class talent through such acclaimed works as The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey Into Night. In transcending the traditional ...
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Overview

The compelling life story of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright comes to the screen in a documentary featuring scenes performed by Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Liam Neeson, and Vanessa Redgrave, and originally produced as part of PBS's American Experience series. Despite intense family drama and raging inner turmoil, Eugene O'Neill persevered to emerge as a world-class talent through such acclaimed works as The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey Into Night. In transcending the traditional documentary form to truly examine O'Neill's character in great detail, filmmakers offer a revealing meditation on loss, redemption, and the high cost that artists are forced to pay in life. Excerpts from O'Neill's plays performed by some of the greatest actors of their generation prove that, even after his death, O'Neill continues to influence and inspire.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Performances and dramatic readings by Al Pacino, Liam Neeson, Christopher Plummer, and others; Interview with Ric Burns ; Additional interviews with Jason Robards, Tony Kushner, John Guare, and others
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • UPC: 841887050531
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Plummer Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ric Burns Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Robin Espinola Producer
Arthur Gelb Screenwriter
Barbara Gelb Screenwriter
Brian Keane Score Composer
Allen Moore Cinematographer
Peter Nelson Cinematographer
Marilyn Ness Producer
Mary Recine Producer
Steve Rivo Producer
Donald Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Buddy Squires Cinematographer
Li-Shin Yu Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eugene O'Neill
2. Prologue & Introduction [11:19]
3. Childhood [15:08]
4. Seeking Flight [10:54]
5. Success [6:27]
6. Masks [2:39]
7. A New Beginning [4:34]
8. Turning Inward [2:49]
9. Retreat [3:47]
10. Tao House [5:10]
11. "The Iceman Cometh" [12:17]
12. "Long Day's Journey Into Night [1:06]
13. Career's End [19:18]
14. Rebirth [6:26]
15. Epilogue [3:07]
16. Credits [7:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Eugene O'Neill
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Performances, dramatic readings & interviews
         Play All
         "The Bare Stage" - Al Pacino
         Actors on O'Neill
         Fear of the Poorhouse-Christopher Plummer as James Tyrone (Performance)
         The Inscription to Carlotta - Robert Sean Leonard & Eli Eallach (Voices)
         "A Dangerous Place" - Lloyd Richards
         The Tragic Muse- Writers, Producers & Directors on O'Neill
         "Goodbye, Old Pal"- Al Pacino on Hughie - (Performance
         Jason Robards on O'Neill
      Interview with Ric Burns
      Audio Setup:
         Turn 5.1 Surround Sound: ON/Off
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