(Note: This article is currently appearing in Venice Magazine. Talking with Dick Cavett was one of the true pleasures of my time doing these printed Q&A's, as I was getting to conduct an interview with one of the all-time great interviewers, about doing interviews. Below are the highlights of our talk.)
by Terry Keefe
During the varied runs of his television talk show, Dick Cavett arguably conducted in-depth interviews better than anyone in the media before or since.
From 1968 to 1975 on ABC, and then later from 1977 to 1982 on PBS, “The Dick Cavett Show” hosted a literal who’s who of both America and the world. The guest list included Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, Mel Brooks, Katherine Hepburn, and Ingmar Bergman, to name just a few.
The show was unique in its time,
The most spectacularly unsuccessful attempt by a studio to cash in on the "youth market" it thought was created by "Easy Rider," this indictment of American society was savaged by critics and returned just $900,000 on MGM's $7 million investment.
Antonioni, an Italian director who had tapped into the zeitgeist with "Blow-Up" to the tune of a (then-huge) $20 million gross, cast a pair of unknowns, Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin,
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