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The Spectator : Talk About Movies and Plays With Those Who Made Them - Studs Terkel

The Spectator

Talk About Movies and Plays With Those Who Made Them

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In a major new work including over forty never-before-published interviews, the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian talks to masters of stage and screen. Few of Studs Terkel's millions of readers around the world know that over the last forty-five years, as part of his nationally syndicated radio show, Terkel has interviewed some of the greatest luminaries of film and theater. In The Spectator those interviews appear in print for the first time. In these pages, Buster Keaton explains the wonders of unscripted silent comedy. Federico Fellini reflects on honesty in art. Carol Channing reveals that she is far more serious than she lets on--Marlon Brando turns the tables and wants to interview Studs. We learn about some of the crucial artistic decisions in the lives of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee, and hear from a range of film directors, from Vittorio De Sica and King Vidor to Satyajit Ray. We even get to witness Terkel playing straight man to a wildly inventive Zero Mostel. The Spectator gives a firsthand look at the actors, directors, playwrights, dancers, lyricists, and others who have created the dramatic arts of the past half-century. And, because Studs knows his subjects' work intimately, he asks precisely the questions that elicit the most revealing responses. These are frank, funny, often moving, always surprising conversations. Only such a passionate and knowledgeable interviewer as Studs Terkel could achieve them. With: Buster Keaton Lillian Gish King Vidor Vittorio De Sica Eubie Blake Agnes DeMille Carol Channing Arthur Miller Eva Le Galliene E.Y. (Yip) Harburg Harold Clurman James Cagney Pauline Kael Tennessee Williams Marlon Brando Federico Fellini Rene Clair Satyajit Ray Ruth Gordon Simone Signoret Ian McKellen Jonathan Miller Sybil Thorndike Robert Morley Kenneth Tynan Lotte Lenya Joan Littlewood Alan Schneider Ruth Draper Emlyn Williams Moms Mabley Lorraine Hansberry James Baldwin August Wilson William Saroyan Jose Quintero Jason Robards Edward Albee Uta Hagen Marcel Marceau Jacques Tati Zero Mostel Eugene Ionesco and more....

Industry Reviews

Drawing from his many years of radio as well as some early magazine pieces, Terkel (Coming of Age, 1995, etc.) looks at his first loves, film and theater, as explicated by some of their most famous creators. One of the best parts of visiting or living in Chicago is hearing Terkel's radio program, a beacon for how intelligent, compassionate, and interesting talk radio can be. Terkel, who has dabbled in acting himself, is as fascinated by the art and craft of acting as he is by the many crafts explored in his classic Working(1974), a book to which he compares the current one. Terkel is the kind of guy who, by his own admission, is as riveted by watching a talented short-order cook juggle burgers as he is by a Eugene O'Neill play, and he brings that seemingly endless wide-eyed enjoyment to these interviews. The book has some wonderful moments. A ruthlessly frank Agnes De Mille talks about the difficulty of being taken seriously as a choreographer in the early days of her career and about the shock of seeing modern dance for the first time ("Our eyes were innocent"). Marlon Brando, reluctantly plugging his latest film, The Ugly American, begins to interview Terkel. Arthur Miller admits that his original ambition was to be a Russ Columbo-style crooner. And when the book is focused on craft, it is riveting. Unfortunately, Terkel is a bit more awed than usual by his interview subjects and some, like Federico Fellini, really don't have much to say. The result is a bit disappointing, with gems scattered amid too much dross. A regrettable oddity - a Studs Terkel oral history that has dull patches. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Overturep. 1
Prologue: Morning, Noon, and Night (with Jack Kirkland)p. 17
p. 25
Beginningsp. 27
In the Wings (with Francois Truffaut)p. 27
Buster Keatonp. 31
Lillian Gishp. 37
King Vidorp. 40
Vittorio De Sicap. 45
Say It with Musicp. 51
Eubie Blakep. 51
Agnes DeMillep. 55
Carol Channing (and Tallulah Bankhead)p. 65
Hard Timesp. 76
Arthur Millerp. 76
Eva Le Galliennep. 83
Hiram (Chub) Shermanp. 91
E. Y. (Yip) Harburgp. 94
Harold Clurmanp. 97
Chicago Boom-Boomp. 105
James Cagneyp. 105
Warp. 115
War Moviesp. 115
On Seeing The Deer Hunterp. 120
Pauline Kaelp. 125
O Deathp. 129
Lila Kedrovap. 130
Reflections on The Last Mile and Watch on the Rhinep. 131
John Randolph on Alfred Luntp. 132
Kindness of Strangersp. 136
Tennessee Williams (and Claudia Cassidy)p. 136
Geraldine Pagep. 148
Marlon Brandop. 151
Act 2p. 161
Ways of Seeingp. 163
Federico Fellini (and Marcello Mastroianni and Alain Cuny)p. 163
Rene Clairp. 167
Satyajit Ray (and Ravi Shankar)p. 171
Ways of Doingp. 178
Francoise Rosayp. 178
Ruth Gordonp. 186
Simone Signoretp. 191
Ways of Seeing IIp. 196
Ian McKellenp. 196
Jonathan Millerp. 200
A Touch of Shawp. 211
Sybil Thorndikep. 211
Robert Morleyp. 215
Bert and Sam: Brecht and Beckettp. 223
Kenneth Tynan (and Peter Hall)p. 223
Lotte Lenya (and Arnold Sundgaard)p. 233
Joan Littlewoodp. 239
Alan Schneiderp. 243
Gilbert Moses (and Joe Lattimore)p. 251
Rick Clucheyp. 255
E. G. Marshallp. 256
Act 3p. 259
Solo Flightp. 261
Ruth Draperp. 261
Emlyn Williamsp. 265
Hal Holbrookp. 271
Out of the Shadowsp. 276
Moms Mableyp. 276
Lorraine Hansberryp. 282
James Baldwinp. 287
August Wilson (and Clifford Burke)p. 288
Successp. 296
Arnold Schwarzeneggerp. 296
Uta Hagenp. 298
Winners and Losersp. 306
William Saroyan (and Bill Veeck)p. 306
Jose Quinterop. 311
Jose Quintero and Jason Robardsp. 314
E. G. Marshallp. 319
Edward Albeep. 320
The Clownsp. 332
Marcel Marceaup. 332
Jacques Tatip. 337
Zero Mostel (and Eugene Ionesco)p. 341
Epiloguep. 355
Burr Tillstromp. 357
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ISBN: 9781565845534
ISBN-10: 1565845536
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.23  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1