[Critics and the art world]

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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 Anne Frank" is extraordinary. He also mentions "Oklahoma."

Seldes moves on to talk movies. He was requested to name the ten greatest movies of all time. He felt that very definite criteria for this list must be established. He discusses great scenes from movies.
He talks about how directors and camera men are making us look where they want us to look. Seldes wonders if, with wide screens, directors will be able to direct the audience's attention correctly.
He discusses that films that relate to common experience help to draw the audience in. With European films this often consists of a grim plot, but rarely exists in American films, which often don't show people even working. He specifically mentions "Marty," a love story about a butcher. It is interesting to note that this un-glamorized film is a huge success.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 64352
Municipal archives id: LT6386