Reframing Bing Crosby as An American Master

November 30, 2014 6:07 AM

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Reframing Bing Crosby as An American Master

Robert Trachtenberg is a celebrity portrait photographer and documentarian who has given more than a few comics the respect and appreciation they deserve. From his two documentaries and an intimate look at icon Gene Wilder. He’s also worked Elvis Mitchel’s terrific series, Under the Influence, and had directed five original episodes of American Masters of undisputed icons, including George Cukor, Gene Kelly and Cary Grant, Robert.

His newest subject for American Masters, Bing Crosby Rediscovered, is ironically no longer holds that icon status in America…despite being the best-selling American artists in history and, as the film explains, was the most popular and influential star of the first half of the 20th Century. Narrated...

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