Norman Jewison interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Norman Jewison (1926-2024)

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

Norman Jewison shares stories from his more than forty-year career beginning as a live television director before transitioning to direct genre-bending feature films that entertained and challenged audiences, such as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck.

With Sidney Poitier and Rod Stieger on In the Heat of the Night, Norman Jewison had two very different actors to direct, most memorably in a scene that confronted the changing state of race relations in the 1960's.

Jewison reflects on the universal themes that resonated with audiences in Moonstruck, which was a more apt title than the one the project had when he started.

Jewison explains why he believes a Director should always have final cut approval and the importance of the DGA in protecting the creative rights of directors.