What a goldmine! Movie expert Elwy Yost interviews industry people on both sides of the camera, encouraging them to talk about themselves, the state of their art, and its history. The series features many famous film personalities who, along with producers, directors, designers, screenwriters, and critics, offer candid insights into the making of motion pictures. ‘Talking Film’ is an adaptation of Yost’s interviews on his ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ series and would be a suitable addition to media studies courses at the secondary or postsecondary level.
- George Cukor, Roger Corman, Robert Wise, Abraham Polonsky, and Richard Brooks discuss the role of the film director. This program offers a broad sampling of the ideas, approaches, and attitudes different directors have about the various aspects of filmmaking.
The Business of Directing
- Interviewing some of today’s most successful directors — Stanley Kramer, Robert Aldrich, and Richard Brooks — host Elwy Yost looks at the business of directing. They focus on the blending of creativity with film direction’s commercial, physical, and logistical components.
- Producers David Picker and Walter Mirisch and producer-directors Robert Altman, Roger Corman, Sydney Pollack, and Stanley Kramer discuss their important roles, throwing light on what a producer does to ensure the success of a movie.
The Making of a Motion Picture
- Elwy Yost interviews three celebrated American directors, and asks them about favorite films they’ve worked on. George Cukor talks about ‘Star Is Born,’ Henry King about ‘Twelve o’Clock High,’ and Vincente Minnelli reminisces about the making of ‘Lust for Life.’
- Host Elwy Yost and his guests discuss two famous British motion pictures produced by Sir Alexander Korda. Actor John Justin and director Michael Powell recall the making of the 1940 film ‘The Thief of Baghdad,’ and actor Sir John Clements reminisces about his work in the 1939 film ‘Four Feathers.’
- Elwy Yost discusses cinematographic technique in action films with film designer and consultant Saul Bass, photographer William Fraker, director Franco Zeffirelli, actor Jon Voight, and makeup artist Bob Dawn.
- Lee Garmes, Stanley Cortez, Haskell Wexler and Victor Kemper discuss some of the films they have photographed — ‘Morocco,’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and ‘The Last Tycoon’ — and look at their varying relationships with directors and actors.
The Cinema of Frank Capra
- Elwy Yost and his guests reminisce about the life and works of the American director Frank Capra. Guests include actor-director John Howard, camera operator George Folsey, and Capra’s son, Frank, Jr.
Powell and Pressburger
- Talking Film, which consists of recycled and re-edited interviews from past editions of ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, contains interviews with the following guests: David Niven, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Marius Goring, Jack Cardiff, Leslie Halliwell and they discuss among other things ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ and ’Battle of the River Plate.’
The Cinema Of John Huston
- Elwy Yost meets John Huston, director of such films as ‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘The African Queen’, and ‘The Man Who Would Be King.’ Huston offers anecdotes about Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, and Truman Capote, with whom he has worked; describes his long career; and outlines the difficulties he encountered in the making of ‘Moby Dick.’
Darryl F. Zanuck
- A portrait of the last great movie moguls — Darryl F. Zanuck, who ruled 20th Century Fox for thirty years — through the words of Fox personnel who knew him well: Director Henry King, Producer Milton Sperling, Screenwriter Phillip Dunne, Chief Production Manager Raymond Klune and Actor Henry Fonda.
- Writer-Director John Milius and Screenwriters Sterling Silliphant and Bernard Slade talk about the role of the screenwriter in the creation of films, the ‘Auteur theory,’ casting films, and examine working relationships between writers, directors and producers.
- Richard Sylbert, one of the Hollywood’s foremost production designers (‘Chinatown,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’ ‘Carnal Knowledge’) talks about the function of the various people who work on design and the relationship of the designer to the director.
- In an exploration of the myth and reality of Hollywood westerns, Elwy Yost interviews actor Joel McCrea and directors John Sturges, Robert Aldrich, and Mark Rydell.
A Portrait of John Ford
- Elwy Yost’s guests — director George Sidney and actors James Stewart and Richard Widmark — talk about veteran film director John Ford, whose films include ‘Stagecoach,’ ‘My Darling Clementine,’ and ‘How Green Was My Valley.’
- Host Elwy Yost looks at the role of the motion picture critic with guests John Simon, of ‘New York’ magazine, and Andrew Sarris, of the ‘Village Voice.’
- Husband and wife Andrew Sarris and Molly Haskell describe their careers as film critics, the difficulty of maintaining objectivity in film reviewing, contemporary trends in filmmaking, and the effect of their careers on their lives.
- In this examination of the craft and magic of special effects in the movies, host Elwy Yost interviews Bruce Pittman, special-effects specialist Joe Zomar, and optical-effects genius Linwood Dunn.
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