the amazing richard burton

Dick Cavett has been writing a column for the New York Times for some time. It’s a good column, well-written and interesting. It often is a great column. From time to time, Cavett will  include video from his former talk show to share with readers what went over the air on this live program. Sometimes it works well. This time, it works to perfection.

Cavett’s column this week is about the time he tried to get Richard Burton to come on his show, and his surprise when Burton agreed.  The column sets up the interview perfectly. I honestly cannot remember when I’ve enjoyed watching a TV interview more. Or how much an interview has added to my appreciation of any actor before or since. It’s an incredible interview, and the kind of program that today would be killed at the planning stages.

Go watch. It’s great.

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