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Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats
     

The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats

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Director: Dick Cavett

Cast: Dick Cavett

 
This collection of a dozen episodes of The Dick Cavett Show features installments devoted to interviews with legendary Hollywood figures like Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, John Huston, and Orson Welles.

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This collection of a dozen episodes of The Dick Cavett Show features installments devoted to interviews with legendary Hollywood figures like Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, John Huston, and Orson Welles.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Once upon a time, late-night television found room for smart and sophisticated conversation, where actual ideas, opinions, and entertaining banter held forth, as opposed to pre-packaged sound bites, product plugging, and puerile humor. During the 1970s, talk-show eminence Dick Cavett hosted a bevy of Hollywood’s most iconic -- and interesting -- celebrities. Among the legends who grace this grandly entertaining four-disc set are actors Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Bette Davis, as well as directors Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Frank Capra, and John Huston. Many are the solo guests, sitting for more than an hour. Hepburn and Davis make the most memorable impressions: by turns flinty, outspoken, imperious, and altogether charming. The Hepburn interview, broadcast on successive nights in 1973, was her first television appearance. Fascinating footage captures the elusive Hepburn’s visit to check out the studio and her spontaneous decision to tape the interview right then and there, without an audience. The 1971 Davis interview contains the classic moment in which her praise of Cavett as a trusted and decorous interviewer prompts him to jokingly ask her a (then) daring question about her sex life (Davis, characteristically, doesn’t duck the racy query). The panel discussion featuring Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Mel Brooks (ever the upstart class clown), and the sage Capra is as relevant as ever, with topics that range from audience testing to artistic control, as when Capra observes that films “have to get back into the hands of the creative people.” The 1972 Hitchcock interview is a killer, with the droll cinematic master dissecting such classic scenes as Psycho’s shower and staircase murders and discussing the fine differences between shock and suspense. Brando’s 1972 appearance is heavy on Native American affairs, but the actor also offers prescient comments about tabloid culture. At one point, the confounding Brando says in praise of his host, “There’s nobody on television who does what you do.” That’s still sadly true today.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
UPC:
0826663100938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Time:
14:00:00

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The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main reason I got this was because of the 2-part Katharine Hepburn interview and also the Bette Davis interview. I've watched some of the others.. Hitchcock and Fred Astaire.. but REALLY, kids, these are truly FASCINATING to watch. If you know anything about Katharine Hepburn, believe you me, you won't be able to take your eyes off her. Also, kind of funny when Cavett asks Miss Davis how she lost her virginity! Classic!
anonymousHH More than 1 year ago
I remember as a teenager watching The Dick Cavett show and some of these interviews specifically. It was fun to watch them again as an adult, so many years later. The one interview that really surprised me was Bette Davis. I'd heard so many stories about her being such a ruthless personality but when I watched her interview in this dvd, I found her to be very entertaining and enjoyed that particular interview the most. And the Hollywood legends, who are now dead, I am happy that we have these Dick Cavett memories. And, I should say, I wish that Dick Cavett would do some more , up to date, interviews as he is the best! His was a real conversation, not just a 10minute plug.