The author with his father and
Robert Ryan, star of Ice Palace in Alaska (1959).

There are few directors left who lived through
and worked during the "Golden Age" of the Hollywood
studios — the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Vincent Sherman is one
of them. Ninety years old on July 16, 1996, he has just completed
his autobiography, Studio Affairs — My Life as a Film Director,
published this month by the University Press of Kentucky.

Whereas a few years ago he said, "I thought
it was a good thing to live to a ripe old age — but there’s
no one left to enjoy it with," he has just finished one
of his most productive years ever. In addition to his book, he
wrote a screenplay from a novel he had optioned in the early
1950s, began a script for a remake of one of his own pictures
from the 1940s, is writing a play on George Washington which
he may produce himself, was honored at the Telluride Film Festival,
will be honored at the American Cinematheque, will be the subject
of a retrospective at the Institut Lumiere in Lyon, France, was
director of the month for Turner Classic Movies, and has appeared
in numerous television programs commenting on the film industry
and many of its personalities.

This interview was conducted by Sherman’s son
Eric in Hollywood, California, a week before his ninetieth birthday.

Directing Errol Flynn in The Adventures
of Don Juan

ES: As you approach the beginning
of your ninth decade, what is your viewpoint on some of the
changes in the film industry?