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[Interview with Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Publication
New York, 1999.

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Additional Authors
  • Ziegfeld, Patricia, 1916-2008
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (43 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, daughter of Broadway impressario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., speaks about her father's life and career as the creator of the series of theatrical revues the Ziegfeld Follies. Topics of discussion include seeing her father's production Sally, at age five, and meeting performer Marilyn Miller; the special qualites of the older Broadway theaters which remain; the beauty of the Follies productions, which were enhanced by her father's sense of color; Follies dancer Gilda Grey; her father's qualities of simplicity and gentleness combined with sternness; her grandfather Florenz Ziegfeld Sr., a pianist who opened the Chicago Musical College; her father's love of the outdoors; his knack for finding beautiful girls for his revues, and how he selected show girls for certain physical features; the popularity and prestige of the Follies girls; her father's show business credo of "glorifying the American girl"; her father's production of the musical Show boat, including his initial trepidation at the work's seriousness; his gift for finding the best, most suitable performers and personnel for his productions; her own favorite performers, including Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor, W. C. Fields, and dancers Mary Eaton and Ann Pennington; her father's nurturing of composers such as Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Rudoph Friml; her father's marriage to her mother Billie Burke; the splendidness of her childhood; the impact of the stock market crash on her family's finances and on her father; her father's admiration for women; her birthplace in the Ansonia Hotel and Broadway before the advent of neon lights; her view that her father would not be able to produce a show on Broadway today with its high costs and labor unions; her father's refusal to incorporate his business; his productions as a combination of business and art; the building of his Ziegfeld Theatre; New York City as a place known for presenting the best in theater. Interview concludes with audio only discussion lasting three minutes on her father's ideal of feminine beauty as embodied in his Follies girls.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway: the American musical : Patty Ziegfeld Stephenson interview
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Musicals.
  • Unedited footage.
Note
  • 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 brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at Patrica Ziegfeld Stephenson's residence in New York, N.Y. on June 7, 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 2123
OCLC
123234129
Title
[Interview with Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson.
Event
Videotaped at Patrica Ziegfeld Stephenson's residence in New York, N.Y. on June 7, 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
Ziegfeld, Patricia, 1916-2008, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2123
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