The American Film Institute (AFI) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continue their series of specials exploring some of the greatest artistic collaborations in film. In the fourth installment of the series, TCM PRESENTS: AFI’S MASTER CLASS – THE ART OF COLLABORATION: Rob Reiner and Robert Leighton, the two discuss their work together in front of an audience comprised of AFI Fellows studying filmmaking at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.
The special will premiere on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) with an encore at 12:00 a.m. (ET), only on TCM. Read LATF’s recent interview with Rob Reiner here.
Since Reiner and Leighton began working together more than three decades ago, their collaborations have entertained generations of moviegoers. Leighton has edited 15 of Reiner’s movies. Among them are THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989), MISERY (1990), A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995).
In the new AFI special, Reiner and Leighton discuss their many collaborations and how the craft of editing influences the art of storytelling. They also discuss the films that have inspired them, including CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971), IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966). AFI’S MASTER CLASS features clips from these films, as well as memorable scenes from the artists’ own movies.
Master classes are a core part of the curriculum at the AFI Conservatory, which offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines and is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. With an audience comprised solely of AFI Fellows, two artists discuss films that inspired them and present clips from classic films. They also present and discuss their own collaborative work to illustrate different aspects of filmmaking. Each program concludes with a Q&A session with AFI Fellows.