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Dick Cavett, ‘Itzhak’ Toasted at Hamptons Film Festival

The attendees at the Hamptons International Film Festival opening night after-party at the swanky enclave’s Maidstone Club were in a celebratory mood post-world premiering film, “Itzhak.” Toasting the fest’s 25th anniversary, along with the film’s subject, Itzhak Perlman, his wife Toby, and the film’s director Alison Chernick, were social-culture notables such as long-time film exec/producer and fest supporter Michael Lynne, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and legendary photographer Bruce Weber.

Itzhak Perlman, his wife Toby and director Alison Chernick
Dan Courtesy of the Hamptons International Film Festival

The spotlight quickly switched from anniversary kudos to a special honor for TV legend Dick Cavett, who was on hand to receive the first annual Hamptons Film Fest Dick Cavett Award, presented by friend, fest fan, and recent Emmy-winner Alec Baldwin. Still as pithy and sharp as ever, Cavett said, “My wife will kill me for repeating this Milton Berle line, but I have to say, of all the awards I have received, this is the most recent.”

After the ceremony, Variety caught up with Cavett for a quick chat about the current political moment, meaning Donald Trump’s presidency. It might be safe to say Giuliani was perhaps the only Trump supporter in the room of entertainment fans and pros. When asked if there’s been anyone like Trump in the past 100 years, Cavett quipped, “Maybe in the last 350 years.” Comparing Trump to another controversial U.S. commander in chief, Richard Nixon, Cavett opined, “At least Nixon was intelligent.”

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(Pictured above: Alec Baldwin and Dick Cavett)

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