THE LATE SHOW (PG, 93 min., Warner Bros., Feb. 10, 1977)
Robert Benton grew up in Texas in the 1940s – a dyslexic child who struggled with reading and writing. His father, knowing that young Robert struggled for some reason with words on a page, took his son to the movies – where he learned storytelling. Fast forward to the late 1960s through the mid-1980s when Robert Benton writes BONNIE AND CLYDE, writes and directs KRAMER VS. KRAMER and PLACES IN THE HEART, winning 3 Oscars along the way.
Along the way he wrote and directed THE LATE SHOW – his script was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter posted this 17min interview with Benton shot at the TCM Classic Film Festival a while back. It’s worth at least a couple of viewings — as are most, if not all, of his films.
Director: Robert Benton, Writer: Robert Benton, Producer: Robert Altman, Cinematographer: Charles Rosher, Composer: Kenneth Wannberg, Editors: Peter Appleton, Lou Lombardo
CAST: Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, Joanna Cassidy
Watched on DVD from Warner Bros.
*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.
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