ttk replied to CinemaInternational's topic in General DiscussionsWhen John Chancellor retired from NBC News in 1993, he said that Dave Garroway once told him to never forget that he was always just a guest in the homes of the audience, and then in his sign off Mr. Chancellor graciously thanked his viewers for the honor of being a guest in our homes for so many years. We all felt for a long time that Robert was more than just a welcome guest on television, but a friend and teacher about this great art of cinema. How we'll miss him!
In 1973 and 1975, PBS aired a terrific documentary about Stalin that was written and produced for the BBC by Hungarian emigre documentarian Robert Vas (1931-1978). Running 3 hours, it was a very powerful mix of period film (including fascinating and chilling examples of Soviet Stalinist propoganda) and contemporary dramatic readings from British actors Peter Copley, Sebastian Shaw, Lee Montague, Jill Balcon, and Michael Gough, who was the narrator. If TCM could obtain it from the BBC's archives (a very tall order, I know) it would be a tremendous service to both history and the art of documentary filmmaking to air it. It is one of the best documentaries about Stalin ever made.