AMERICAN FOCUS {FORMERLY FOCUS ON YOUTH}: GENE SISKEL AND ROGER EBERT (RADIO)

Summary

One in a series of programs featuring interviews with leaders from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and the news media, highlighting personalities as well as probing issues of national importance. In this installment, a panel of students interview the hosts of "At the Movies," film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who discuss the following topics, among others: their personal chemistry, based largely on their professional rivalry; the relationship between their work in print and the condensed content of their television reviews; differences between their style of criticism and the work of critics such as Pauline Kael; their critical "blind spots"; differences in their tastes; whether their show would be more interesting if they always disagreed; whether movies can be objectively labeled "bad" or "good"; the proliferation of exploitative teenage sex comedies; the extent to which ratings are an issue for their show; the way private screenings can change one's perception of a movie; the seasonal divisions of movie releases; and the perennial status of "Citizen Kane" as the critics' choice for the best movie of all time. Includes commercials, promos, and public service announcements.

(Series title varies; this series also aired under the title "Focus on Youth.")

Details

  • NETWORK: Syndicated
  • DATE: December 11, 1983 Sunday
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R85:0697
  • GENRE: Radio - Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING:
  • SERIES RUN: Syndicated - Radio series, 1974-
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Commercials - Shell gasoline^Radio - Promos - "American Focus"^Radio - PSA - Shell Answer Book^Radio - PSA - Red Cross^Radio - PSA - United Negro College Fund

CREDITS

    • John Margolies … Executive Producer
    • Stu Jacobson … Producer
    • Steve Kamer … Host
    • Gene Siskel … Guest
    • Roger Ebert … Guest
    • George Benson … Talent, United Negro College Fund public service announcement
    • David Ogilvie … Talent, "American Focus" promo
    • Pauline Kael