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Rex Reed (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-04-08

Duration: 00:26:58

Subjects: Reed, Rex | Film critics | Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 | Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 | Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966 | Belmondo, Jean-Paul, 1933- | Lennon, John, 1940-1980


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Reed, Rex Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from April 8, 1983, features an interview with Rex Reed conducted by Gus Weill. Reed is a film critic, who has worked for several magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, the New York Times, and the New York Observer. He discusses: his family’s constant moves during his childhood; coping with the moves through the world of film; his friendships with various Southern authors, including Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams; experiencing his first success as a writer by interviewing Buster Keaton and Jean-Paul Belmondo at the Venice Film Festival; and his involvement in the aftermath of the shooting of John Lennon at the Dakota Building in New York.