Documentary Screenings with former CBS executive producer Perry Wolff

The Osher Institute is pleased to announce the next series of CBS documentaries with Perry Wolff. Mr. Wolff has won 15 Emmy awards, 14 Peabody Awards, numerous Writers Guild, Du Pont and Polk awards and a Motion Picture Academy nomination.

Perry Wolff and Charles Collingwood discuss Berlin Act of War in 1961.

Perry Wolff and Charles Collingwood discuss Berlin Act of War in 1961.

1.    Monday, August 19, 1:30 – 3:45: When Television was Young (1977, 2 hours) with Perry Wolff, executive producer, director, writer.

Television in the 1950s; includes plenty of archival footage. Narrated by Charles Kuralt.

2.    Monday, Sept 9, 1:30 – 2:45: Berlin: Act of War (1961, 1 hour) with Perry Wolff, producer, director, writer.

The Berlin Wall was built directly under the cameras that CBS placed at the Brandenburg Gate. Narrated by Charles Collingwood.

3.    Monday, Sept 16, 1:30 – 3:00: Misunderstanding China (1972, 1 hour), with Perry Wolff, Executive Producer

On the eve of the first opening to China after World War II, Irv Drasnin compiled stock footage to show everything wrong we felt about the Chinese, from Fu Manchu through the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924. This documentary, made at the time of President Nixon’s famous visit to the PRC in 1972, examines sources of popular American attitudes and misunderstandings about China, briefly traces the history of contacts between Chinese and Americans, and shows how popular literature and films have helped perpetuate the stereotyped images many Americans have of Chinese people. Narrated by Charles Kuralt.

This is a free event for Osher members and their guests. Please RSVP by emailing us at


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