Interviews | Posted by TV Time Machine 06.01.11
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Host Jim Benson interviews directors Guillermo del Toro and Jeannot Szwarc in a tribute to Rod Serling and his classic horror series, Night Gallery.

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In this, the first part of a two-hour interview and tribute to Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, host Jim Benson is joined by two extraordinary directors, Guillermo del Toro and Jeannot Szwarc. Guillermo del Toro is one of the industry’s top film directors, helming the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and the epic film, Pacific Rim. A lifelong fan of Night Gallery, Mr. del Toro’s audio commentary can be heard in the DVD release of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery Season Two.            NightGalleryRod

Night Gallery’s most prolific director, Jeannot Szwarc was responsible for many of the finest episodes of the series, including the classic segment, The Caterpillar-hailed by Stephen King as the most frightening TV episode ever. He also directed the classic fantasy film Somewhere in Time and dozens of TV series including Kojak, Columbo and Heroes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeannot

 

Listen to the interview below

Guillermo del Toro/Jeannot Szwarc audio interview Segment One

In this segment, host Jim Benson asks directors Guillermo del Toro and Jeannot Szwarc how they started their directorial careers, Jeannot’s relationship with Rod Serling and working with Vincent Price. Mr. del Toro talks about his audio commentary for the Night Gallery DVD and Jeannot’s direction of the classic episodes Big Surprise and Sins of the Fathers.

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Guillermo del Toro/Jeannot Szwarc audio interview Segment Two

For the second segment, host Jim Benson and directors Guillermo del Toro and Jeannot Szwarc discuss the Night Gallery episodes The Little Black Bag and Sins of The Fathers, Mr. Szwarc working with Burgess Meredith and Geraldine Page, the reasons why the series inspired Mr. del Toro to become a director, and how The Doll episode of Night Gallery caused Guillermo del Toro, as a little boy, to literally pee his pants!

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Guillermo del Toro/Jeannot Szwarc audio interview Segment Three

For the final segment, host Jim Benson and and directors Guillermo del Toro and Jeannot Szwarc talk about one of Guillermo’s favorite stories from the series–the classic Night Gallery episode directed by Jeannot Szwarc, The Caterpillar. Mr. Szwarc also talks about working with stars Joanna Pettet, Don Knight and John Williams, the music composed by Eddie Sauter and producer Jack Laird and his influence on the series.

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