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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Friday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Dec. 22, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Sunday, Dec. 9, at noon

Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903-Oct. 14, 1977) was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multimedia star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme.

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through footage and interviews with his family, songwriters and Tony Bennett. Narrated by Stanley Tucci, this documentary reveals a man far more complex than his public persona.

   

   

Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Sunday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m.

Setting the standard in violin playing for nearly a century, Heifetz’s name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny to the Muppets to Woody Allen. Through vintage performances and master classes, “God’s Fiddler” portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do.

Interviews include other great violinists influenced by Heifetz, former students and biographers John Anthony Maltese and Arthur Vered. They reveal how Heifetz was a mysterious, idiosyncratic, solitary figure who embodied the paradox of artistic genius: a dedication to his craft at all costs.

   
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