Pauline Kael


Pauline Kael is a singular voice in the history of American film criticism. Cineaste interviewed Kael in the summer of 1999, discussing her critical career and early influences, her philosophy of criticism, great American films of the Seventies, her thoughts about retirement, and her provocative views on some recent American movies.

Andrew Weil


The following interview was originally conducted by Jack Loeffler for a radio series entitled Southwest Sound Collage, distributed to public radio stations around the United States beginning in 1986.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell: Playboy Interview (1963)

If the long and stormy life of Bertrand Arthur Russell can be said to possess any unifying thread, it is an enduring attitude of passionate skepticism, a lifelong refusal to accept any truth as immutable, any law as infallible or any faith as sacred.

Mark Zuckerberg and Yuval Noah Harari


Mark Zuckerberg hosts Yuval Noah Harari for a conversation about some big challenges as part of the Facebook CEO’s 2019 series of public discussions about the future of technology in society. The overarching question they debate is: what are we going to do about the systemic problems of the current technological revolution?

Vladimir Nabokov


One of the more diverting aspects of Lolita, the most controversial best seller of the century, has been the considerable speculative curiosity about the private life and personality of Vladimir Nabokov, the virtually unknown university professor who now, at the age of sixty-one, finds himself world famous as the author of this nettlesome novel.

Chaplin Interviewed by Richard Meryman (1966)

In 1966, Chaplin granted several extensive interviews to journalist Richard Meryman for a Life magazine article to promote ‘A Countess from Hong Kong.’ Only a small portion of Meryman’s taped interviews was ever published. A copy of the complete transcript, from which this excerpt was taken, is preserved in the Chaplin Archives.

Stanley Kubrick Interview – by Joseph Gelmis

A director is a kind of idea and taste machine; a movie is a series of creative and technical decisions, and it’s the director’s job to make the right decisions as frequently as possible. Shooting a movie is the worst milieu for creative work ever devised by man.

Jerry Seinfeld - Playboy Interview 1993

Jerry Seinfeld: Playboy Interview (1993)

A candid conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, TV’s top-rated comic, about the important things: sneakers, masturbation, dating teenagers and making a hit show about nothing

Anne Rice: Playboy Interview

Anne Rice: Playboy Interview (1993)

A candid conversation with the author of The Vampire Chronicles about sex and violence, gays and bloodsuckers, and her helpful fans from the S&M scene

Bill Cosby photographed by Howard Bingham for Playboy

Bill Cosby: Playboy Interview (1985)

A candid conversation with America’s superdad Bill Cosby, about his revolutionary true-to-life comedy series—and about racism, kids, humor and heroes

Dan Dennett: Interview with Bill Moyers (2006)

In this interview with Bill Moyers, Dan Dennett delivers a sharp and clear synthesis of a library of evolutionary, anthropological and psychological research on the origin and spread of religion.

In conversation with Jerry Seinfeld

Empire sent Deputy News Editor Nick de Semiyen on an inter-continental journey to meet with the legendary funnyman in Amsterdam and then LA. There’s a steely focus behind the jovial veneer — he’s not exactly Robin Williams — but the man’s genial nature and precision wit make a few hours in his company fly by.

Stanley Kubrick: The Unbearable Brevity Of Being

Kubrick’s virtuosity as a filmmaker, and the range of his subjects, have served to disguise his near-obsessive concern with these two matters—the brutal brevity of the individual’s span on earth and the indifference of the spheres to that span, whatever its length, whatever achievements are recorded over its course.

Interview with Frank Capra (1973) – by Richard Schickel

Frank Capra is a brave man. He might be called a premature auteurist, since long before that critical theory was enunciated he believed that the director was the logical person to be the author of a movie. “One man, one film” was his credo and he was not modest about taking credit for his work.

In Conversation with Richard Donner, Director (2006)

Though he’s now comfortably into his eighth decade, Richard Donner shows no signs of retirement. Not only does the director have his most satisfying action movie in over a decade in cinemas, but the rest of the summer is practically his greatest hits revisited.

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