Arlington, VA – December 1, 2022 – Arriving this month on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel are two fascinating new films from American Masters. Viewers will get a glimpse at the enduring friendship between legendary comedians Dick Cavett and Groucho Marx in “Groucho & Cavett” and can explore Nobel Prize Winner Saul Bellow’s impact on American literature in “The Adventures of Saul Bellow.”

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American Masters: Groucho & Cavett

Streaming Date: December 27, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Revel in the enduring friendship between Emmy® Award-winning television personality Dick Cavett and iconic comedian Groucho Marx. Cavett, a writer for Jack Parr on The Tonight Show, met Marx at the funeral of playwright George S. Kaufman in 1961. When Cavett made the transition from writer to comedian in 1965, he was encouraged and mentored by Marx. In 1968, Cavett became the host of his own talk show and Marx became a frequent guest, capturing what Cavett calls, “the last of Groucho’s greatness.” American Masters: Groucho & Cavett chronicles the pair’s relationship through new interviews with Cavett, footage from Marx’s visits to The Dick Cavett Show and other rare recordings.

Photo Courtesy: Jill Krementz

American Masters: The Adventures of Saul Bellow

Streaming Date: December 12, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Explore Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Saul Bellow’s impact on American literature in this first-ever major documentary on the writer, which illuminates how Bellow transformed modern literature and navigated through the issues of his time, including race, gender and the Jewish immigrant experience, The film traces Bellow’s rise to eminence and examines his many identities: reluctant public intellectual, “serial husband,” father, Chicagoan and Jewish American. It also sheds light on his willingness to confront social issues, his criticisms of American society and materialism, and his provocative political views. Includes rare archival footage and interviews with Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and many others.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December:

Crime Scene: Bucha – 12/6

Can Science Stop Crime? (NOVA) – 12/6

How Smart Can We Get? (NOVA) – 12/16

Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible –  12/16

Counting on Birds: Tales of Migration – 12/17

The Musicians’ Green Book: An Enduring Legacy – 12/20

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