Film director King Vidor discusses his films, their themes, and where film was heading at the time of his interview with Studs Terkel. Columbia College’s Bob Edmonds joins them and further discusses Vidor’s work.
Studs interviews Stephen R. Roszell about the time he spent in the Louisville, Kentucky prison to interview and observe inmates and guards for his documentary film "Other Prisoners." Roszell describes his relationship with the inmates during his work and the prison environment. Roszell shares interesting insights to prison life for inmate and guard. Parts of the soundtrack recordings are removed from this edited version of the original.
Studs Terkel reintroduces this 1958 broadcast with Jacques Tati in a 1992 rebroadcast. At 39:06, Terkel includes a musical epilogue to the conversation with Jacques Tati with French children's songs such as "Cadet Rousselle". Tati discusses his films "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" and" Mon Oncle" and his emphasis as writer, director, actor, and producer to maintain a naturalness. He doesn't want lights, cameras or action to influence the actors. Naturalness will respect independence and keeping it simple and real will create pride and invite people in.
Studs Terkel interviews film producer Dick Lester and receives Lester's impression of London.
Interviewing African film maker Ousmane Sembene. Interpreted and translated by Jim Spiegler.
Discussing Antonia and interviewing Jill Godmilow.
Filmmaker Jacques Tati and Studs discuss finding the humor in everyday life and people becoming their gadgets. The two also go in-depth about Tati's film "Mon Oncle" and the development of the character Monsieur Hulot.
Woody Allen discusses his life and art, the influence of both success and failure on his work, and how he finds comedy in life’s difficulties and trials. He discusses his first screenplay, “What’s Up Pussycat?” and other comedians who have influenced the development of his own comedic work, including Mort Sahl, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, and George S. Kaufman.
Experimental filmmaker and poet Willard Maas and his friend John Dubay discuss experimental films and filmmaking, part 2 of 2. John Dubay is featured predominantly in this part of the interview. The second part of the interview focuses less on filmmaking and more on societal ills, wealth inequality, and race relations.
Discussing the films "The People vs. Paul Crump", "To Live and Die in Los Angeles," and "The French Connection," with director and screenwriter William Friedkin.
Experimental filmmaker and poet Willard Maas and his friend John Dubay discuss experimental films and filmmaking, part 1 of 2. His friend John Dubay speaks briefly in part 1 of the interview, but is more prominently featured in part 2.