Arena Season 1977
S1977 E01Jan 5, 1977
Cinema: Mel Brooks Jan 5, 1977 Gavin Millar talks to Mel Brooks just before the London release of 'Silent Movie'.
S1977 E02Jan 12, 1977
Art and Design: Sam Smith: Genuine England/Arena Review Jan 12, 1977 An introduction to the magical world of wood-sculptor Sam Smith, plus a look at one of this month's major exhibitions.
S1977 E03Jan 19, 1977
Cinema: 'The Front' Jan 19, 1977 Gavin Miller talks to director Martin Ritt, writer Walter Bernstein, and actors Woody Allen and Zero Mostel about 'The Front'
S1977 E04Jan 26, 1977
Theatre: Spokesong/At Home with Mole Jan 26, 1977 An interview with Stewart Parker about his new musical 'Spokesong' with excerpt; a profile of 81 year old actor Richard Goolden with scenes from 'Toad of Toad Hall' and Tom Stoppard's 'Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land'.
S1977 E05Feb 2, 1977
Cinema: News Feb 2, 1977 A fortnightly look at the big screen at home and abroad. News, views and interviews presented by Gavin Millar.
S1977 E06Feb 9, 1977
Art and Design: Ralph Steadman Feb 9, 1977 Ralph Steadman illustrates a children's anti-war story, caricatures at his local pub, and speaks about his drawing techniques and his work, including Alice, and impressions of the Patty Hearst trial and the Watergate hearings.
S1977 E07Feb 16, 1977
Cinema: 'Network' Feb 16, 1977 Gavin Miller discusses 'Network' with director Sidney Lumet and Robert Kee; Alberto Cavalcanti talks about his film career on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
S1977 E08Feb 23, 1977
Theatre: The Cultural Common Market: Peter Stein and the Schaubuhne Feb 23, 1977 Peter Stein, director of Die Schaubuhne theatre co-operative, comes to London with his Shakespeare Project. Includes extracts from 'Summerfolk' and 'Shakespeare's Memory'.
S1977 E09Mar 2, 1977
Cinema: 'Z' Mar 2, 1977 Gavin Millar talks to New Yorker critic Pauline Kael about Costa-Gavras' 'Z' and 'Section Speciale', along with her passion for the movies and how she wields her power.
S1977 E10Mar 9, 1977
Art and Design: What Is a Hologram?/Kit Williams - Ring Around the Moon Mar 9, 1977 Arena investigates holograms and their potential in the arts; artist Kit Williams' vivid folklore paintings.
S1977 E11Mar 16, 1977
Cinema: 'A Star is Born' Mar 16, 1977 On the occasion of the release of the third film version of 'A Star is Born', James Mason talks about the curious business of stardom and how it has changed.
S1977 E12Mar 23, 1977
Theatre: A Night Out Mar 23, 1977 Arena visits three theatres - the Mercury Theater in Colchester, the Humberside Theatre in Hull, and the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster - to find out what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they think they should go on doing it.
S1977 E13Mar 30, 1977
Cinema: Ealing Studios Mar 30, 1977 A look at Ealing Studios, including excerpts of many of their popular films.
S1977 E14Apr 6, 1977
Art and Design: Family Pieces/Both Sides of the Line/The Divine and the Fantastic Apr 6, 1977 Portrait painter Philip Sutton; Helmut Weissenborn, a German WWI soldier who illustrated with wood engravings the war diary of Edward Thomas, an English poet who died in WWI; and Gothic art in Cologne.
S1977 E15Apr 13, 1977
Cinema: Bernardo Bertolucci Apr 13, 1977 In a special edition from Rome, Gavin Millar interviews Bernardo Bertolucci, director of 'Last Tango in Paris' and '1900', and Gore Vidal on Hollywood and 'Cinecitta'.
S1977 E16Apr 20, 1977
Theatre: The Prospect Before Us Apr 20, 1977 Prospect Theatre Company reopens the Old Vic. Includes rehearsal footage from 'St Joan', 'Hamlet', 'Antony and Cleopatra', and 'War Music', a new musical adaptation of 'The Iliad' by Christopher Logue.
S1977 E17Apr 27, 1977
Cinema: Bernardo Bertolucci (2) Apr 27, 1977 Gavin Millar talks to director Bernardo Berolucci in Rome about '1900', his new five and a half hour film, as well as his earlier work.
S1977 E18May 4, 1977
Art and Design: The Continuous Diary/Dine's Drawings May 4, 1977 The artist Ian Breakwall gave up painting for the art of a daily diary; Jim Dine explains why he returned from pop art to drawing the human figure.
S1977 E19May 11, 1977
Cinema: Erotic Films May 11, 1977 Arena looks at erotic films, including 'Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus', 'Hardcore', and 'Come Play With Me'.
S1977 E20May 25, 1977
Cinema: Sophia Loren May 25, 1977 An interview with Sophia Loren on the occasion of the opening of 'The Cassandra Crossing'.
S1977 E21Sep 7, 1977
Edinburgh Festival Sep 7, 1977 Features the 1977 Edinburgh International Festival with a new production of Carmen, the experimental shows, Film Festival, Television Festival, and art galleries.
S1977 E22Sep 14, 1977
Cinema: John Frankenheimer Sep 14, 1977 Gavin Millar returns for a new season after a visit to Hollywood, which despite rumours of slump and panic is still the unquestioned capital of the cinema world. We talked to one of its ruling princes, John Frankenheimer, director of The Manchurian Candidate and Grand Prix, about his career in the Dream Factory, and especially his latest suspense thriller Black Sunday.
S1977 E23Sep 21, 1977
Cinema: New York, New York Sep 21, 1977 Martin Scorsese 's film New York, New York starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli is his most ambitious film to date. Not just a nostalgic homage to the Hollywood musical but a personal work that means as much to him, says Scorsese as Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Gavin Millar talks to Scorsese in San Francisco and the programme includes rare interviews with Robert De Nira , Liza Minnelli and Jodie Foster.
S1977 E24Sep 28, 1977
Art and Design: Achtung Minen ! The work of Ian Hamilton Finlay Sep 28, 1977 William Feaver introduces the latest work of this unique and controversial artist, known since the 60s as our foremost concrete poet. We visit Finláy's remote home in Scotland, where he has constructed his garden as a poem, a submarine noses its way through the bushes, an aircraft-carrier functions as a bird bath, and the sign on his front lawn tells us to beware of mines - Achtung Minen ! Plus Cleveland Brown a truly original naive painter from North London whose subjects include the Spaghetti House Siege and the Queen's Jubilee.
S1977 E25Oct 5, 1977
Cinema: 'Annie Hall' Oct 5, 1977 Diane Keaton and Woody Allen talk about the filming of 'Annie Hall' and their long friendship.
S1977 E26Oct 12, 1977
Theatre: Noel Coward in The Gorbals Oct 12, 1977 Second only to North Sea oil, the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre is Scotland's most staggering and unlikely success story. Despite its location on a devastated patch of Gorbals' ground, it attracts a large and dedicated audience for its bold and often spectacular productions. A look at the company, its policy, its audience and its plays.
S1977 E27Oct 19, 1977
Cinema: Greece Oct 19, 1977 The Colonels have gone - and Greek cinema is emerging again. Gavin Millar talks to Melina Mercouri in Athens where she is finishing her first film since her return from exile.
S1977 E28Oct 26, 1977
Art and Design: Richard Seifert Oct 26, 1977 This month features Richard Seifert , who created much of the new sky-line of London. His high-rise blocks - most notably Centre Point - have been the cause of controversy and scandal, while the architect himself has remained an elusive and enigmatic figure. Now he talks to Arena about his career, his personal reason for city planning, and his present attitude to high-rise building. Plus Cleveland Brown : the work of a truly original North London ' naive ' painter - postponed from last month. And another discovery: an exhibition of dazzling patchwork pictures made by the wives of political prisoners in Chile.
S1977 E29Nov 2, 1977
Cinema Nov 2, 1977 A fortnightly look at the big screen at home and abroad: news, views and interviews presented by Gavin Millar
S1977 E30Nov 9, 1977
Theatre: Hands Off the Classics Nov 9, 1977 Messing around with the classics has a long and honoured history. In the 17th century Troilus and Cressida was produced with all the dirty bits cut out. In the 18th, King Lear had a happy ending. In the 19th, vast chunks were sliced off the classics to make way for ballet and vaudeville. In our own century we take a scalpel to the classic rather than a hatchet. Nevertheless a fascinating and vitriolic debate is now raging over the border line between interpretation and vandalism.
S1977 E31Nov 16, 1977
Cinema: 21st London Film Festival Nov 16, 1977 Introduced by Gavin Millar This week sees the opening of the 21st London Film Festival -the festival of festivals - with new films from 24 countries. Bertolucci, Angelopoulos, Herzog, James Ivory , Marguerite Duras and most of the brightest names in cinema will be here to see their films screened. Arena: Cinema reports on this year's highlights.
S1977 E32Nov 23, 1977
Art and Design: The Family/Wrapping up the Reichstag Nov 23, 1977 The Family: Michael Bennett introduces Uncle Cyril and other members of his own family whom he has immortalised in an exhibition of photographs. Wrapping up the Reichstag: The artist Christo has parcelled up buildings, coastlines, and human beings, hung an orange curtain across a Colorado gulf and created a two-million-dollar nylon fence along 25 miles of American farm-land. Last week CHRISTO was in London, and he explained to Arena his latest project- wrapping up the Reichstag in Berlin. The Wireless Show
S1977 E33Nov 30, 1977
Cinema: 21st London Film Festival (2) Nov 30, 1977 This year's London Film Festival -the 21st - has been one of the biggest ever with a wider spread of films - in scale, nationality, genre and politics - than ever before. But one of the constant themes in pictures big and small has been the political struggle of Left and Right: fascism still seems everybody's favourite subject. Featuring Bertolucci's 1900, and films by Larissa Shepitko , Syberberg, Tanner and Gutierrez.
S1977 E34Dec 7, 1977
Theatre: Leonard Rossiter Dec 7, 1977 Leonard Rossiter is currently tackling his most demanding role as The Immortal Haydon. Alone on stage for two hours, he portrays the mad 18th-century painter Benjamin Haydon , whose life of wild fantasy and ambition ended in suicide. Nola Rae is a mime artist, clown, and one of the funniest women on the stage. She re-creates for Arena some of her bizarre and poignant characters, and Michael Dean makes a valiant attempt to interview her.
S1977 E35Dec 14, 1977
Cinema: The Deep Dec 14, 1977 The Deep opens in London this week. Written by the man who wrote Jaws, Peter Benchley , it's been the biggest grosser in the USA this year-after Star Wars, of course. Although it features an underwater Jacqueline Bisset menaced by a moray eel, it has nothing to do with Jaws, swears its British director PETER YATES. Yates has been one of our more successful exports since Steve McQueen asked him over to direct Bullitt.