SHOWTIME and Touchstone Television have joined forces with six of Hollywood's top filmmakers to explore important issues of the millennium. IN THE 20TH CENTURY features six feature-length documentaries by renowned directors Norman Jewison, Barry Levinson, Garry Marshall, Gregory Nava, Robert Townsend and Robert Zemeckis. The films will air on a monthly basis beginning in June 1999.
As the millennium approaches, this series offers an entertaining and provocative look at the last century. Each director probes a personally compelling aspect of our political, social and cultural landscape, tracing its impact and its evolution. Among the subjects explored are comedy (JEWISON), the future (LEVINSON), marriage (MARSHALL), the American dream (NAVA), sex (TOWNSEND) and smoking, drinking and drugging (ZEMECKIS).
Using archival footage, interviews with experts and newly-shot footage, these films offer a unique perspective on the past 100 years. Working in the documentary format for the first time, each director uses his distinct point of view in a unique form of storytelling to weave individual tapestries of society and the influences that have shaped it.
The IN THE 20TH CENTURY schedule is as follows:
|June||Garry Marshall on Marriage in the 20th Century: In Search of the Happy Ending|
|July||Robert Townsend on Sex in the 20th Century: From Behind Closed Doors|
|August||Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows|
|September||Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: The Pursuit of Happiness|
|October||Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny is Money|
|November||Gregory Nava on the American Dream in the 20th Century: The American Tapestry|
|December||A presentation of all six films|
IN THE 20TH CENTURY is a 5759 Production in association with Buena Vista Television Productions. The series' executive producer is Sandra M. Itkoff with Lesli Klainberg as series producer.