Fortunate timing! Corresponding to recent blog posts here on Southern women writers, I stumbled upon news about two back-to-back American Masters series segments to be televised on PBS this next week concerning two Southern women writers:
Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel premieres nationally Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9 p.m. followed by Harper Lee: Hey, Boo at 10 p.m. (you’re advised to check local listings).
Am especially interested in the program about Harper Lee, who wrote the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. My earlier blog post discusses why I recently developed a bit of a fascination about her life. I hope this American Masters segment sheds more light on her.
Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. I haven’t read this novel. I’ve seen the film 2-3 times and enjoyed it. Actors Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were terrific as Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler and their portrayals are now cinematic legend. The movie is something of an “epic,” and I guess people would say the same about the novel, I imagine. I’ll probably watch the American Masters segment also on Margaret Mitchell just to familiarize myself with her a bit.
P.S. As an aside, I began watching American Masters series in the late 1980s. This is a no-holds-barred quality presentation about individual writers, poets, film directors, musicians, composers, actors, visual artists, etc. who have had an impact on the arts in America. While the format of some of the segments are a bit similar, there is nothing “cookie cutter” about how the biographical material is presented. For example, for Charlie Chaplin there are three segments. I believe the presentation on Bob Dylan is two segments. The people who make these segments do a good job of drawing the viewer in to the life, mind and creativity of each person discussed in a way that makes you understand how this person worked and created.
Anyway I’ve never been bored watching an American Masters segment. After I saw the one on George Gershwin I walked around for a couple of days saying I was in love with a dead man (I was so enamored with this man’s talent and the music he composed and played. I remember being astonished that he never married and shocked that he died before he reached 40…)
Yes, this is my plug for the PBS American Masters series. Check it out sometime if you’re not able to watch next week’s segments on Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee.