Oct 1, 2007

Orson Welles turns the tables on Dick Cavett

I miss the days when talk shows actually had guests on that were interesting and had something to say. Nowadays, it's 2 minutes of planned banter, let's show a clip of your movie (which is the only reason they show up) and you're outta here!

Can you imagine Letterman or Leno being able to hold a conversation like this?


  1. That was cool. Orson Welles is silky smooth.

  2. I used to have a 30 minute episode of Cavett w/ John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was pretty fascinating. Although, to defend Letterman - if a guest is cool he sometimes lets them banter for 20-25 minutes.

  3. You can't get blood from a turnip, and I doubt even Dick Cavett could tweeze one interesting thought out of Paris Hilton or Matthew McConaghey. I'm having a hard time thinking of anyone around today who could shmooze like Orson Welles. Anyone have any suggestions?

  4. I hadn't seen this before, It is excellent. Thanks for posting SD.
    Anthony Hopkins is pretty good under interview.

  5. Chris: Like buttah!

    Grant: I agree, if the guest is good, and there is time to let him roam, Letterman can ask decent questions.

    Kirby: Like, wow, you mean, ya know, Paris, couldn't like, ya know, rock an interview... like?

    Sans: I love Anthony Hopkins!

  6. Well...Letterman and Leno are not pretentious prigs, so it would be difficult for them to simulate a Cavett interview.

    But your point is well taken. And also, it's very difficult for me to watch Orson Welles interviews, because he was so talented, and that talent was so wasted, and his decline was so very public and sad.