Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Synopsis: A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.
Production: Loki Films
  5 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

-Good evening,

ladies and gentlemen.

[ Laughter ]

-Norman, that hat,

that chapeau you're wearing --

Now, is that your favorite hat?

You're known to wear hats.

-In the world,

this is my favorite --

not just my favorite hat --

This is my favorite garment.

-Why do you wear that hat?

-When I was writing

television shows,

I picked my head,

and I lost all my hair.

I had picked all my hair away.

[ Both laugh ]

- Whippoorwills call

Evening is nigh

-Do you sing, Norman?

-I sing very well.

-What's your favorite song?

- You see a smiling face,


A cozy room, Molly and me

- Just Molly and me

- And the baby makes three

-This is me?

- We're happy in my

In my blue heaven

Just Molly and me

And the baby makes three

We're so happy

in my blue heaven

We're happy in my

- My

- Blue heaven

We're happy in my

- In my

- Blue heaven

-How about that?

People think, you know,

that, turning 90,

maybe you change,

but it's everybody else

who changes.

Suddenly, I'm extremely wise,

and everybody's

asking me for advice,

and I am sometimes applauded

for walking across a room.

But the sound and the fact of 90

has got everybody believing

I'm some kind

of special intelligence.

But, I mean,

I think about it now

as wondrous,

what I got to experience.

-You know what I like

about you, Archie?

-What's that, Maude?


-I have never been

in a situation in my life,

however tragic,

where I didn't see some comedy.

-Norman Lear has changed

the face of television,

and at least

120 million Americans

watch Norman Lear shows

every week.

-Oh, no, sir,

Master Jefferson,

you done showed me the way!

-Stop it!

Stop it!

-Say "please."

-We've gone

from straight comedy

into something else,

and that other thing is satire.

And it's never been done

on television before.

-I'm telling you that whites

should only dance with whites.

You don't believe me,

look at the movies.

-Do you have a quick answer

for the people

who say the show

reinforces bigotry?

-Yes, my quick answer is "no."

-That's the quick answer?

-I gravitate to subjects

that matter,

the things

that people talk about,

and I think

America has responded.

I think human beings

are just a little foolish.

That knits us all together.

[ Applause ]

Isn't it amazing?

I've lived my life moment

to moment, day to day,

and even though I appear 93,

I never lost my childlike view

of the world.


-[ Laughs ] Hi.

-Oh! Hello, friend.

-Oh, how are you guys?


Are you ready for tonight?

-God, I like you.

-Take your time.

Please think about this.

Make this --

I need it to be long

but brief, heartfelt.

[ Laughs ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

-He has been around

approximately forever.

He is 92 years old.

He has spent the last six

of those years

writing his memoir.

It is called "Even This,

I Get to Experience."

Ladies and gentlemen,

Norman Lear.

[ Cheers and applause ]


-You guys know each other.

There is

a mutual admiration society.

-Do we know each other?



-You have called

"All in the Family"

the best show

on television, ever.

-I think so.

My son's name is Archie.

[ Laughs ]

[ Laughter ]

-You both talk a lot

about where you came from,

about your upbringing.

You talk a lot about your dad.

Archie Bunker,

you have said,

bears no small resemblance

to your dad.



-We're good to go.

"When I was a boy," pickup one.

-When I was a boy,

I thought that if I could turn

a screw in my father's head

just 1/16 of an inch one way

or the other,

it might help him tell

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