PRINT February 1972

On Chamberlain’s Interview

CHAMBERLAIN’S DIRECTION REVEALS A GREAT deal about his character: he expresses himself without intellectual pretense in everyday slang vernacular. He is intuitive rather than methodical, revising a thought in the process of communicating it rather than referring to a set of fully formed predetermined referents which might form any kind of logical system. Both his basic nature as well as his means of expression ran counter to the ’60s’ vogue for terse, unambivalent (presumably factual) statements which disregarded emotional reaction, experiential context, or on-the-spot improvisation. The interview makes it clear that Chamberlain is, in terms of his attitudes both esthetic and personal, his life style, his self-contradictory moves and phrases, a personality of the ’40s or ’50s, rather than of the highly cerebral, buttoned-down and straightened-out ’60s, with its preference for the hard

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