Benton Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Robert Benton

Interviewed by: Michael Pressman

Acclaimed Writer-Director Robert Benton traces his career from working as an Editor for Esquire in the 1960’s and co-writing the screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), to directing Academy Award winning films like Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984), offering insight into his writing process and how he works with actors like Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Paul Newman.

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

As a writer and director, Benton views the editing process as the final opportunity to rewrite the film.

Benton discusses the running times of his films, and explains how the director is in charge of properly managing the audience's time and attention.