In the first part of this audio, Studs Terkel discusses French theater with critic Jean Vilar. In the second part, Studs and Eugène Ionesco discuss Ionesco’s work and the Theater of the Absurd.
Discussing "Goldwyn: A Biography," (published by Knopf) with the author A. Scott Berg.
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.
Discussing "Book of Lear," with director and playwright Nicole Dreiske.
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.
Terkel Talks with known English Dramatist Sir Arnold Wesker (part 1) about the economy of England. The talk begins with the subject of apprenticeship. This is a two part interview.
Geoffrey Bridson and his wife Joyce, discuss his book "Prospero and Ariel: The rise and fall of radio a personal recollection.", as well as his life and career as a producer/broadcaster for BBC radio. The interview is interspersed with several excerpts from recordings: Excerpt of conversation at the home of Bridsons in England 1962. He talks about the play "Aarons field" and the sequel "Aarons Fallout shelter". Excerpt from Joyce Bridson backstage after the play "Oh what a lovely war" in New York.
Ivy Compton-Burnett continues the discussion of class structure in England in part 2. Ms Compton- Burnett, shares with Studs that she has never been a actor she had always been an observer, and he agrees that her writing reflects that accurately. He ends the interview by telling Ms Compton-Burnett that she is a true original and that he greatly admires her individuality end 13:00. Studs then begins interview with Peter Hall at Aldwych theater office London, England. Mr Hall is the director of both the Aldwych and Stratford theaters, and director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Discussing productions of her plays "Path of Ashes" and "Maid's Play," with playwright and director Nicole Dreiske.
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.
Garson Kanin discusses his book "Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons, Moviemakers, Frauds, Hopefuls, Great Lovers", published in 1967.
Peter Ustinov discusses his wide-ranging career in the arts as an actor, author, director, and dramatist.