Cicely Tyson ages from 19 to 110 in the role of Jane Pittman, a fictional African-American woman whose life began in slavery and ended at the inception of the Civil Rights Movement. Northern journalist Quentin Lerner (Michael Murphy) travels to the racially polarized South of 1962 to interview Ms. Pittman for a potential book. Her life unfolds in flashbacks, many painful and unpleasant, but just as many are uplifting and hopeful. The film concludes with one of the most indelible images of all '70s television: the centenarian Jane Pittman defiantly drinking from a segregated water fountain for the first time. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines and filmed on location in Baton Rouge, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won nine Emmy Awards, including Best Actress (Tyson), Director (John Korty), and Screenplay (Tracy Keenan Wynn). The film premiered January 31, 1974, on CBS.
Closed Caption; "The Making of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary - behind the scenes footage; new interviews with Ernest J. Gaines, Odetta, director John Korty, producers Rick Rosenberg and Bob Christiansen and more; "The Writing of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary - Ernest J. Gaines gives an in-depth look at the people and places that inspired his award-winning novel; "Oral Story Telling Tradition" documentary - scholars explain the important of oral story-telling; Best Picture and Best Actress Emmy clips; Digitally remastered; Interactive menus; Scene access
Side #1 -- Disc 1 1. February 1962 [6:12] 2. Civil Rights [4:35] 3. Jane's Story [7:17] 4. Freedom [5:31] 5. On Their Own [7:38] 6. Jane and Ned [4:53] 7. Dye Plantation [5:56] 8. The Committee [5:33] 9. Love and Dreams [6:06] 10. A New Start [5:21] 11. Devil Horse [6:40] 12. Ned Returns [5:10] 13. Cajun Killer [6:44] 14. One Big Family [7:21] 15. The One [5:21] 16. Demonstrations [4:26] 17. The Oak Tree [8:00] 18. One Last Stand [6:49]
Side #1 -- Disc 1 Play Feature Scene Access Side #2 -- Disc 2 The Making of the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman The Writing of the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman The Oral Tradition Best Special and Best Actress Emmy Clips