Arthur Penn discusses consulting on the Kennedy-Nixon debates

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Director Arthur Penn acted as a consultant for John F. Kennedy during the Kennedy-Nixon debates, offering camera-ready advice starting with the mandate to film Kennedy in close ups.

“What we were doing was what everybody now is doing. They all have these advisors, I mean, it’s more about performance than it is about substance...And there we were doing exactly that. We were imposing the medium onto the substance and the medium beat the substance.”

Watch Arthur Penn’s full Archive of American Television interview, which delves into his experiences directing in the early days of television.


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