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Elliot Norton Reviews; Arthur Penn


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Arthur Penn
Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews television, film, and Broadway director Arthur Penn about his career. His most recent production is the film Little Big Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway. In this film, Jack Crabb (Hoffman) claims to be 112 years old and a survivor of Little Big Horn.

Penn talks about how he feels that he now has a lot of creative control in his films, which is uncommon in Hollywood. He finds that many producers take creative control as a precaution against losing money. This was the case with his film, The Chase, when the producers made selections in the editing that he would not have chose. In Penn’s opinion, they took the takes in which Brando was not acting his best. Due to these editing choices both Brando and Penn suffered, because people blamed the film’s poor quality on their acting and directing skills. Norton and Penn believe that the producers underestimate the intelligence of the American people and dumb down film and television for them.

Director: Russ Fortier

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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Arthur Penn,” 01/29/1971, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B16FCD033CB46DC82D0F49CE29D969E.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Arthur Penn.” 01/29/1971. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B16FCD033CB46DC82D0F49CE29D969E>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Arthur Penn. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B16FCD033CB46DC82D0F49CE29D969E
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