Synopsis by Sean Hurley
The Century: Events That Shaped the World is a 12-part ABC News production hosted by Peter Jennings that explores the many events and personalities that colored the 20th century. The "Red Scare" of the 1950s hit Hollywood especially hard. Due to the perceived ability of movies to shape attitudes and perceptions, many filmmakers found their professional lives destroyed during the most intense years of McCarthyism. In Coming Apart: Picture This, Peter Jennings dredges up another of the hard-to-believe portions of this American century.