Interviews

Trumbo

Interview with Director Peter Askin

How did you first become involved with Christopher Trumbo and the stage play TRUMBO? A New York based producer asked me to direct it – this was prior to 9/11, and, I read an early draft of Chris’ play while I was in London directing HEDWIG. Since the play was based on some  of his […]

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History

Filmmaker Interview – Catherine Tatge

After 25 years in the documentary business, the award-winning director Catherine Tatge is now considering the foremost news anchor of our time in AMERICAN MASTERS “Walter Cronkite: Witness to History.” Below, Tatge shares some insight into the making of the film. Q: Walter Cronkite leads such an incredible life. With so much material to choose […]

Hollywood Chinese

Interview Outtakes

Watch interview outtakes from the film, including Writer Amy Tan on Orientalism in films, director Ang Lee on the success of the Kung Fu genre, actor Nancy Kwan on meeting Fred Astaire on the set of “Flower Drum Song”, and more. Outtakes courtesy DeepFocus Productions, Inc. and Hollywood Chinese the film.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins at Work

In these interview out takes, Jerome Robbins’s friends and colleagues describe the master at work. Austin Pendleton recalls Robbins as a man in turmoil constantly seeking inspiration, Charlotte d’Amboise remembers his intensely technical direction that he miraculously imbued with humanity to get his actors to “play the scene,” and Jerry Mitchell tells the story of […]

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins’ Collaborators

Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ inventiveness; Austin Pendleton on Robbins’ ability to heighten the emotions written in a script; Arthur Laurents on Robbins’ ability to build on ideas and improve them.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins and Music

Jerry Bock on Robbins’ musicality; John Kander on Robbins’ love of improvisation; Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ ability to grasp music instantly.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Balanchine and Robbins

Robert Gottlieb on Robbins’ ambition; Violet Verdy on Balanchine’s tendency to move on after completing a ballet; Kay Mazzo on Robbins’ respect for Balanchine.