Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century: Five Movie Superstars (2001)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social History  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Block

Documentary film maven David L. Wolper returns to the scene with a ten-part series profiling 50 international icons of the 20th century. In part five, he presents five "movie superstars." Walt Disney was the cartoonist and visionary behind the first animated film with sound and the first full-length animated feature. His creative genius spawned Mickey Mouse, mega-entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Productions and amusement parks throughout the world. British-born Charlie Chaplin moved to America at the age of 20 and became a star of the silent screen as "The Tramp," launching a career as a tragicomedian and also as a writer, producer, composer, and actor in over 70 films. Katharine Hepburn, an actress known for her beauty, elegance, and feistiness, started her career on Broadway before moving to the big screen, where she won four Academy awards for her work. Another versatile actor, Jack Nicholson, made his mark on Hollywood with his menacing grin and tough guy roles while gradually diversifying his career to include writer, director, and producer among his credits. Steven Spielberg tops the list as the commercially and critically acclaimed producer and director of epic films such as Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Schindler's List, whose voice and creativity have contributed to the way America thinks about movies.



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