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1968/Television

Sunday, March 11, 2018 12:15 PM Paley Center
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Screenings of 1968 television programs from the Paley Center archives look at how the medium reported the news and how it adapted to the changing national mood, including Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and a segment on Glenn Gould from Public Broadcasting Laboratory.

12:15 PM
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Robert F. Kennedy Tribute
Johnny Carson discusses the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy with Orson Bean, Jimmy Breslin, Louis Nizer, Sander Vanocur, and Alan King. This program aired on June 7, 1968, a day after RFK’s death. (NBC, 80 min.)

1:35 PM
Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant
and a clip from The 1968 Tony Awards
This installment of the WNEW-TV public affairs program Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant includes interviews with violinist Sanford Allen of the New York Philharmonic, painter Nathaniel Pinckney, and singer-dancer Winston DeWitt Hemsley. Plus a clip from the 1968 Tony Awards on which DeWitt Hemsley plays the role of Barnaby in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Pearl Bailey. (WNEW, 25 min.; NBC, 5 min.)

2:05 PM
Petula
This television special, which aired on April 2, stars UK pop singer Petula Clark, who had become a star in the US with her signature song "Downtown," and her guest Harry Belafonte. The two perform solos and join forces for the anti-war song "On the Path of Glory." Sponsors panicked when Clark—who is white warmly touched the African-American Belafonte's arm at the end of the song, but Clark refused to edit out the moment. (NBC, 60 min.)

3:05 PM
Glenn Gould on Public Broadcasting Laboratory
This controversial segment (entitled "How Mozart Became a Bad Composer") from the WNET news magazine program aired one time only (April 28, 1968) and has never been released commercially. It begins with Gould’s satirical analysis of the music of Mozart and ends with the pianist performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333. (WNET, 40 min.)

3:45 PM
Bell Telephone Hour: Man Who Dances: Edward Villella
This portrait of New York City Ballet star Edward Villella, which aired on March 8, 1968, was filmed the previous November and follows the dancer on and offstage during an especially grueling day during which he must overcome physical pain and dance three major roles. Produced by Robert Drew and Mike Jackson. (NBC, 60 min.)

Part of: The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

A Citywide Festival
January 14–March 24 and 2018

Experiments in Television
Ron Simon, Curator at The Paley Center for Media, discusses the medium of television in the 1960s.

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