Episode 139: Andrew Bergman

Andrew  His screenplay Tex X evolved into Blazing Saddles after amiable hours writing and rewriting with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks: workmates! He directed Marlon Brando in a rare – and terrific – comedy performance in The Freshman. Plus a childhood visit to Victor Borge’s dressing room and a chance encounter with Philip Roth. And music from Chris Harford. But don’t get too happy. Bergman believes movies are finished as a cultural force. Over. Done. Hear why.

  • AB person PERSON: teacher Howard Justin
  • corona PLACE: Coronoa, Queens
  • Corona Standard 007 THING: his father’s typewriter
  • RC thing RANDY’S THING: funny guns

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