The latest retrospective, however, is entirely of Sondheim's own creation.
Sondheim began by asking a friend about marriage and taking notes, “exactly as if it were a lecture,” he said.
Though recordings of his live performances abound, Sondheim's own movie endeavors have been uneven.
The cannibalism is, in typical Sondheim fashion, a cheeky metaphor for the dog-eat-dog capitalism of the day.
The scene begins chaotically, as Sondheim interrupts the recording and tells Dean Jones to try again.
The other matter which fitfully preoccupied him was his unpleasant and unintentional interview with Sondheim.
And that evening Sondheim had sent him an ultimatum by Kastner.
For what reason have you permit Mr. Sondheim to wait in my office?
“That mutt Sondheim looks like a bad one to me, and the other guy––Kastner,” he observed gloomily.
Kastner sneered at him and nudged Sondheim, who immediately sat up in bed and levelled an unwashed hand at Skidder.