Here's to Toddy Baesen for finding this recording!
As I was lying on my couch this afternoon, rather desperately nursing my sore back, I listened to the forum.
It was recorded for KPFA, I should think, and the undertaking has the awkward charm of their public service productions which still works for me.
John Simon could come across as a bit of a snob, and Pauline Kael might be a bit testy when she felt herself regarded as "a girly" critic, but I found their judgments, for the time, fair enough.
Fellini may have been juvenile in his development, as Welles maintained. And THE BIRDS remains, in my opinion, the last of those exaggerated, elephantine symbolic blowouts, such as NORTH BY NORTHWEST and THE REAR WINDOW, which Hitchcock indulged himself in, once he had made his perfect American picture, SHADOW OF A DOUBT; capped by his final great piece of tragic autobiographical romanticism, VERTIGO, his apotheosis.
And does anyone pay much attention to MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR any longer, or for that matter, most of Ray's films?
Seems to me that the three, Dwight MacDonald being the most reasonable, did pretty well.