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by Jerry Seinfeld
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Year Released:
 2002

Comedian is a 2002 documentary focusing on Jerry Seinfeld that explores the other side of stand-up comedy; that is, the preparation, politics, nerves, creativity, and so on. The film also features an up-and-coming comic named Orny Adams as he struggles to make it in show business.

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Year Released:
 1974

The Challenge... A Tribute to Modern Art is a 1974 American documentary film directed by Herbert Kline. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Year Released:
 1985

Crumb director Terry Zwigoff's first film is a true treat: a documentary about the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America.

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Year Released:
 2002

An intimate portrait of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks featuring actors Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright; a close-up of the theater experience that's rarely seen on film.

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Year Released:
 2003

A riveting tale of love, art, betrayal and forgiveness -- in which the illegitimate son of a legendary architect undertakes a worldwide exploration to discover and understand his father's and the personal choices he made.

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by Roger Scruton
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Year Released:
 2009

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives.

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Year Released:
 1991

Lichtenstein, who died in 1997, created a huge commotion in the world of art in the 1960s with his enlarged canvases of blowups from comic strips and comic books. He has come to rank today right next to Andy Warhol as a top name in pop art, fueled by a similar spectacular guile.

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Year Released:
 1953

Statues Also Die is a 1953 French essay film directed by Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, and Ghislain Cloquet about historical African art and the effects colonialism has had on how it is perceived. The film won the 1954 Prix Jean Vigo.

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Year Released:
 2003

Located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, this museum tells the powerful story of the origins of the Delta Blues. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Produced for Public Television by Great Museums TV. For more information, visit http://greatmuseums.org.

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by Oliver Sacks
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Year Released:
 2009

Can the power of music make the brain come alive? Throughout his career Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating medical conditions, including autism and Tourette's syndrome.

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