More William Kennedy (legends of cinema gossip!)

It’s really fun talking about the movies with William Kennedy. Couldn’t fit it in the piece, however, since this was the part of the interview where I talked a lot about articles and ephemera from Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, a greatest-hits journalism compilation that plays, in its own way, as a fascinating autobiography of a writer.

William Kennedy: “Ingmar Bergman thought Citizen Kane was stupid - he hated the way people were made up, that hairline, that bald wig on Welles. Bergman was a man of faces.

He said we could come see the rehearsals on King Lear. He had just finished Franny and Alexander and I saw a 5 hour cut with a wicked hangover.

Said hangover was the result of Aquavit.”