Saturday, November 17, 2007

Listen to Norman Jewison discuss his career

Director Norman Jewison received the Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award at the recently concluded Starz Denver Film Festival. Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night" won the Oscar for best picture in 1967. His filmographry includes movies such "Moonstruck," "A Soldier’s Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" and "The Cincinnati Kid." A pristine new print of "In the Heat of the Night," which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, showed at the festival.

When I sat down for a festival podcast with Jewison, he proved an amiable and interesting conversationalist who offered a guided tour through a career that has found him directing an array of actors that includes Sydney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Steve McQueen, Denzel Washington and Cher, who initially resisted the idea of making "Moonstruck," a picture that won her a best-actress Oscar. Hear the podcast.

At the same site, you can also hear interviews with director Jason Reitman, whose new movie "Juno" opens soon, as well as with underground director Ron Bronstein, whose "Frownland" received attention at SXSW and in Denver, and with veteran cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, who did the cinematography on the upcoming "Charlie Wilson's War," which was directed by Mike Nichols.

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