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Seldes discusses Pearl Bailey and two of her current projects: the operetta "House of Flowers" and the film "Carmen Jones."
He speaks very negatively of "Carmen Jones." Though he views the opera Carmen as a success, he views the film as very unsuccessful derivative. Also, he suspects aspects of the show might be "insulting to the Negros." He speaks more highly of "House of Flowers."
He goes on to talk about film societies in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, and describes how these smaller towns can support such a film society. Colorado Springs, by contrast, does not have such an interest in the lively arts because they have poor television reception and "just don't know what is going on."
He speaks about the centralization of the arts - particularly television - which is mostly produced in a very few cities. He also mentions that radio is weakening because it is so centralized and lacks a strong regional production.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70764
Municipal archives id: LT6413