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

Terkel, Studs

ISBN 10: 1565845536 / 1-56584-553-6
ISBN 13: 9781565845534
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
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
Ren 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
Jos Quintero
Jason Robards
Edward Albee
Uta Hagen
Marcel Marceau
Jacques Tati
Zero Mostel
Eugene Ionesco
and more....

Review:

The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater collects the Pulitzer Prize–winning oral historian’s remarkable conversations with some of the greatest luminaries of film and theater. Originally published under the title The Spectator, this “knowledgeable and perceptive” (Library Journal) look at show business presents the actors directors, playwrights, dancers, lyricists, and others who created the dramatic works of the twentieth century.

Among the many highlights 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, and Marlon Brando turns the tables and wants to interview Terkel. We learn about 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. Because Terkel knows his subjects’ work intimately, he asks precisely the right questions to elicit the most revealing responses. As the New York Times Book Review noted, “Terkel’s knowledge and force of personality make him fully a player alongside his famous guests.”


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In earlier oral histories such as Working, The Good War, and Hard Times, Studs Terkel showed a virtuoso talent for absorbing the small talk of regular Joes and Janes and turning it into a literary cross-hatch--Robert Browning and Herodotus, Margaret Mead and Steinbeck. It turns out all this was prologue. In The Spectator, Terkel reveals that if he loved the waitresses and hockey players of earlier books, it wasn't in "the way, nor to the same degree, as those in the world of the lively arts." You can tell, reading this book. The Terkel touch is all here, but in 50-plus interviews with the likes of Buster Keaton and Marlon Brando, James Cagney, Simone Signoret, Jacques Tati, and (weirdly) Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's Studs's range that astonishes. He has textured memories of remote stage productions of Arthur Miller's plays--which you might expect. But when he remembers Kanchenjungha with the Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Ray laughs out loud: "Where did you see that?" There are lovely little fender benders, too: in a basement apartment in Paris in 1963, Simone Signoret extravagantly praises Françoise Rosay and Agnes de Mille, characters we know from earlier chapters--de Mille especially. A choreographer who brought ballet to Broadway musicals, she explains that African rhythms and English clog dancing married to beget tap; with a shift from up to down beat, she says, "syncopation and jazz were born." Reading The Spectator, you marvel once again at Terkel's facility with people of all kinds--and his deep familiarity with the American century. --Lyall Bush

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