Streams

[Films on television]

Thursday, February 23, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses a threatened boycott which lead to the withdrawal of a film. He is opposed to censorship of films.


Seldes moves on to discuss popularity of films and what drives ...

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[Change in the arts]

Sunday, February 05, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Communications arts is constantly changing. One consequence is that as soon as you find the answer to one question, you find that you raise more questions. Ethical standards in communications arts ...

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[The purchase of movies from RKO for television]

Monday, January 30, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes realizes he hasn't seen many new movies lately. The RKO pictures have been sold for use in television. The prospect that these pictures will return interests him. Lists the most ...

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[J. B. Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes]

Sunday, January 22, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gilbert Seldes discusses a book of letters between J.B. Priestly and his wife Jacquetta Hawkes that exhibits the two sides of American civilization in the Southwest. Hawkes lived with the Pueblo ...

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[Progressive education]

Sunday, January 15, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes tells the story of a quote wrongly attributed to a celebrity. He believes this mis-crediting to be commonplace.
He then quotes Dinah Shore regarding her daughter attending a semi-progressive ...

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[Liberty of expression and ultra high frequency stations]

Wednesday, January 11, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Starts off "I am in a bad temper." Seems like people are astonished at the liberty of expression that is given to me. What is this country coming to? Every man ...

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[The work of Clyde Gilmour]

Sunday, December 25, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Talks about two Canadians. First is Clyde Gilmour, motion picture critic. Talks about his report of the George Awards (named after George Eastman). Talks about decline in silent films by 1925. ...

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[Censorship in the movies]

Saturday, December 24, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Starts with the saying, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Thinks that is very sound. Talks about vigilantes. Romantic and necessary in the life in the west, San Francisco. Not ...

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[The public's ignorance]

Sunday, December 04, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Can you identify Columbus, Shakespeare, Napoleon, Beethoven? If you can, you are ahead of other Americans. A recent Gallup poll only 4 out 10 men in the United States and 3 ...

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[Santayana, Walter Lippman, and broadcasting]

Sunday, November 27, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses a letter wherein George Santayana said to Van Wyke Brooks that it is art museums that make America impotent. "The good things are football, kindness and jazz bands." That ...

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[Frank Lloyd Wright and architecture]

Monday, November 21, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Talks new textiles designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Usually talk about communications arts. I really have neglected those other arts which also contribute to a good living. Arts that are both ...

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[Ratings versus popularity]

Sunday, November 13, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the nature of popularity as related to trends in books and television. The most popular show at the time, he mentions, is "The $64,000 Question." He speaks of the ...

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[Constantin Brancusi exhibition in N.Y.]

Sunday, November 06, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Discussion of the work of Constantin Bracusi, notes the first appearance of his workin the United States: "Sleeping Muse" at the Armory Show in 1913 (Seldes refers to it as a ...

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[Critics and the art world]

Sunday, October 30, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the failure of experimental theater. He specifically notes "The Isle of Goats" which had a profound meaning, but failed in production quality. He notes, however, that "The Diary of ...

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["The $64,000 Question"]

Sunday, October 09, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gilbert Seldes discusses the TV show "The $64,000 Question" and the censoring of TV shows.


Seldes describes a panel discussion he had recently taken part of arranged by the Canadian ...

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Censure of the film Blackboard Jungle at the Venice Film Festival

Sunday, October 02, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gilbert Seldes discusses the censure of "Blackboard Jungle." He speaks of Ambassador Clare Booth Luce's role in the film being withdrawn from the Venice Film Festival. It was reported that Luce ...

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[Subscription television]

Sunday, October 02, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes speaks about General Electric's plans to create a subscription television service. There is a system to get television without using the air used by present broadcasters, but some believe this ...

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[The withdrawal of the film "The Blackboard Jungle" at the Venice Film Festival]

Friday, September 16, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes speaks about the compulsory withdrawal of the film "The Blackboard Jungle" from the Venice Film Festival by Clare Booth Luce. Seldes strongly states his opposition to this type of censorship. ...

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[Discussion of commercial TV and movies]

Sunday, September 11, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the advent of commercial British television broadcasting. Seldes wonders if this will change how we consider our own broadcasting.
Non-commercial British television will be adding 15 more programs ...

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[The nature of popularity and a discussion of E.J. Conn Jr.'s book "The Merry Partners"]

Friday, September 09, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses "Harrigan and Hart" plays of the late 19th century and the use of racial stereotypes in entertainment. He also discusses how these plays have influenced entertainment today.


Seldes ...

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