AMERICAN MASTERS: The Adventures of Saul Bellow
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV / PBS Video app
Explore the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner’s impact on American literature in the first-ever major documentary on the writer. AMERICAN MASTERS "The Adventures of Saul Bellow" illuminates how Bellow transformed modern literature and navigated through the issues of his time, including race, gender and the Jewish immigrant experience, through rare archival footage and interviews with Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and many others.
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 view.
- Martin Amis, novelist
- James Atlas, biographer
- Adam Bellow, son of Alexandra Tschacbasov and Saul Bellow
- Alexandra Bellow, professor of mathematics and ex-wife of Saul Bellow.
- Daniel Bellow, son of Susan Glassman and Saul Bellow
- Gregory Bellow, son of Anita Goshkin and Saul Bellow
- Joel Bellow, nephew of Saul Bellow
- Stanley Crouch, culture critic and novelist
- Janis Freedman-Bellow, literary scholar and widow of Saul Bellow
- Charles Johnson, novelist
- Vivian Gornick, author and literary critic
- Philip Grew, activist and former student of University of Chicago
- Zachary Leader, professor of literature and biographer
- Katie Roiphe, author and professor or journalism
- Philip Roth, novelist
- Salman Rushdie, novelist
- Margaret Staats Simmons, journalist
- Leon Wieseltier, literary critic
- Hana Wirth-Nesher, professor of literature
- Ruth Wisse, professor of literature
Runtime: 90 minutes
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A production of Ingenue Productions in association with American Masters Pictures. Directed by Asaf Galay. Naama Pyritz and Rachel Engleberg are producers. Aviva Kempner, Anthony McCarten and Kathryn Dietz are executive producers. Michael Kantor is executive producer for AMERICAN MASTERS.