Benton Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Robert Benton

Interviewed by: Michael Pressman

Writer-Director Robert Benton started out as an editor for Esquire Magazine. He and fellow editor David Newman collaborated on a screenplay based on Benton’s father’s Depression stories about Texas outlaws that was eventually made into the film Bonnie and Clyde and earned them an Oscar nomination.

Robert Benton reflects on what he learned from Robert Altman about working with actors on The Late Show with Art Carney and Lily Tomlin.

How the editing process becomes an opportunity to rewrite the film.

The importance of brevity and why being a director is about time management in terms of storytelling and the viewer’s experience.