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[Interview with Max Wilk : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Max Wilk : raw footage] [1999-02-22 ] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor] ; Ghost Light Films.
Publication
[Westport, Conn.,], 1999.

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Videocassette 1Moving imageRestricted use NCOX 2108 Videocassette 1Performing Arts Research Collections - TOFT
Videocassette 2Moving imageRestricted use NCOX 2108 Videocassette 2Performing Arts Research Collections - TOFT

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Additional Authors
  • Wilk, Max
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Ghost Light Films.
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
2 videocassettes (VHS) (85 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Playwright, screenwriter, and author Max Wilk discusses the history of the American theater. Topics of discussion include the origins of Broadway in the various indigenous art forms of Burlesque, Vaudeville and operetta; musical comedy; comic stars such as Fanny Brice, Lou Holtz, Jimmy Durante, and Charles Butterworth; the musical comedy as an American art form and its outgrowth from the "melting pot"; Broadway during his youth versus now; the social commentary seen in musicals before WWII; the "myth" of Broadway as a place where one can become a star, and its perpetuation by Hollywood; how pre-Broadway tryouts of shows in New Haven were conducted; the roles of theater magnates such as the Shuberts, B. F. Keith and Oscar Hammerstein I; the contributions of showman George M. Cohan, and James Cagney's portrayal of him in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy; songwriter Irving Berlin, who cast of blues singer Ethel Waters in his revue As thousands cheer; Broadway's "color line," and shows such as Swinging the dream which crossed it; African Americans performers on Broadway such as Bert Williams; the popularity on the Broadway stage of dance teams like Vernon and Irene Castle; the business of music publishing as it was conducted in New York City's Tin Pan Alley; the sophisticated "Princess" shows which took place at the Princess Theatre; musical collaborators Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart who returned to Broadway following their disappointments in Hollywood; the show This is the Army, one of the first integrated shows to be presented on Broadway following the 1920s; attending light opera performances as a youth at the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; the career of lyricist Lorenz Hart; the 1927 production Good news by Ray Henderson with songs by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson; the current trend on Broadway of "producing spectacles for tourists."
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • "Wilk" : Broadway film project.
  • "Wilk/Havoc" : Broadway film project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Musicals.
  • Unedited footage.
Note
  • Videocassette one: 50 min. Videocassette two: 35 min.
  • A second interview with Max Wilk conducted for this documentary is available on NCOX 2146.
  • This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
  • Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
  • Time code on frame.
  • Contains various takes; at occasional intervals the audio continues without image.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Max Wilk.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at Max Wilk's residence in Westport, Conn., on February 22, 1999.
Biography (note)
  • Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Call Number
NCOX 2108
OCLC
105348981
Title
[Interview with Max Wilk : raw footage] [1999-02-22 ] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor] ; Ghost Light Films.
Imprint
[Westport, Conn.,], 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Max Wilk.
Event
Videotaped at Max Wilk's residence in Westport, Conn., on February 22, 1999.
Biography
Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Local Note
Gift of Broadway Film Project, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET, 2005.
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Added Author
Wilk, Max, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Ghost Light Films.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2108
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