"If I wanted to be known for anything, it's never forgetting that somewhere hidden in this diabolic assemblage of elements, there is a specific television art form. I would like to think that perhaps I've used it as often and as much as I could."
About This Interview
In his four-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Kirk Browning (1921-2008) speaks of his early days in television working on live broadcasts at NBC-TV. Next, he describes his work for NBC Opera Theater, working with Samuel Chotzinoff on productions such as "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Billy Budd," as well as telecasts featuring Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He also talked about directing the NBC Opera Theater production of "Carmen," the first color broadcast for NBC, and such shows as Producers Showcase, Shirley Temple's Storybook, and the Christmas special Once Upon a Christmas Time. He recalls leaving NBC and moving to the New York PBS affiliate WNET, where he directed such shows as NET Opera, Theater in America and Great Performances. Next, Mr. Browning discusses in detail his work for PBS' Live from the Met and Live from Lincoln Center, a series which he has directed since 1975. He also recalls his work on PBS' American Playhouse, including presentations of "Fifth of July" and "The House of Blue Leaves." Henry Colman conducted the interview in New York, NY on May 13, 2000.