Barry Levinson Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Barry Levinson

Interviewed by: Bob Balaban

Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Diner) reflects on his first big break on the local Los Angeles comedy show, Lohman and Barkley, his early apprenticeship with Mel Brooks as a writer, and his working methods and philosophy, including the importance of improvisation on the set.

Barry Levinson describes an awkward meeting with President Clinton while shooting Wag the Dog.

Levinson discusses working with Dustin Hoffman to develop his autistic character in Rain Man.

Levinson tells how he and his writing partner Rudy De Luca broke into feature films with Mel Brooks on Silent Movie and High Anxiety.