American Masters (1985– )

Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre 

Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre profiles the career of celebrated director/producer Harold Clurman.


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Episode credited cast:
Stella Adler ... Self
Harold Clurman Harold Clurman ... Self
Julie Harris ... Self
Karl Malden ... Self
Roy Scheider ... Self
Meryl Streep ... Narrator


Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre profiles the career of celebrated director/producer Harold Clurman. A man known for his passionate commitment to working with actors, Clurman devoted his life to the theatrical arts, serving not only as a director and producer, but as a respected critic as well. The program features footage of Clurman on the job delivering thought-provoking lectures and helping actors construct roles. Meryl Streep narrates. Stella Adler, Karl Malden, and Julie Harris are interviewed. Betsy Boyd, Rovi.

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Mostly of interest to theater geeks, though it was still fascinating....
20 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am not a theater person, nor have I ever acted. Because of this, it's not very surprising that I've never heard of Harold Clurman. However, to people in the know, he's a bit of a god when it comes to Broadway. He apparently was a great guiding force during his lifetime and his work as a director, drama critic and writer are legendary.

The film covers Clurman's Broadway career and is NOT a biography of the man. You actually learn nothing of him outside the theater. Instead old footage of Clurman (who died in 1980) and interviews with many famous folks make up the bulk of this episode of "American Masters". Among the topics covered was his work in forming the famous Group Theater, his style as a director and his impact on folks in the industry.

By the way, the footage of Clurman is amazing, as he's the most hyperkinetic person I've ever witnessed who wasn't on drugs or mentally ill! Amazing to watch.

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3 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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