American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me - Institutional Edition DVD

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He was "Mr. Entertainment," a show-business meteor who blazed across the twentieth century. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, yet his life was complex, complicated, and contradictory. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me explores Davis' journey to create his own identity - as a black man who embraced Judaism - through the shifting ... More
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He was "Mr. Entertainment," a show-business meteor who blazed across the twentieth century. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, yet his life was complex, complicated, and contradictory. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me explores Davis' journey to create his own identity - as a black man who embraced Judaism - through the shifting tides of civil rights.

American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me He was "Mr. Entertainment," a show-business meteor who blazed across the twentieth century. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. Yet, his life was complex, complicated, and contradictory. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me explores Davis' journey to create his own identity - as a black man who embraced Judaism - through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress. A veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions, Davis strove to stay relevant, even as he found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America.

Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis' vast personal collection and footage of his electric performances, this film explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory highlighted the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Producer: Sally Rosenthal, Michael Kantor
Production Company: ARTE; ZDF; Thirteen
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2017
Rating: TV-14
Actors: Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Humphrey Bogart, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, Norman Lear, Whoopi Goldberg
Writers: Laurence Maslon
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 100 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo

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Why the Institutional version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. Institutional versions come with limited public performance rights so they can be shown in University classrooms and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. Institutional version can be shown at free public screenings by libraries, businesses, clubs and community organizations, as long as no admission is charged. For additional questions or to arrange a screening where admission is charged, please contact theatrical@pbs.org

"Packed with interviews, archival footage, and film clips of his electrifying performances, 'I've Gotta Be Me' is both a celebration of an American entertainment legend and a painful look at the racism that still poisons our country." - The Boston Globe

"A compelling, poignant documentary that played at last year's RiverRun International Film Festival is coming to PBS Monday night and DVD on Tuesday … the DVD, with bonus material … "- Winson-Salem Journal

" … it is a grand introspective look at the best performer who ever lived." - It's Just Movies