190 Great Directors: Peter Bogdanovich

“They’re all so jealous in Hollywood. It’s not enough to have a hit. Your best friend should also have a failure.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Last Picture Show, with some supplementation from other works.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Last Picture Show.

What Did I Watch: Paper Moon.

Where Does He Fit: Last Picture Show was very solemn and loudly bemoaning the death of Americana, while Paper Moon takes a much lighter tack on the same subject, much to its benefit. The O’Neals make a charming couple, with Ryan’s overacting fitting right into the con artist he plays while Tatum category frauds her way to an Oscar. Madeline Kahn is the real standout, as per usual, but I think I liked the landscape photography most of all, a look at the poetry of sadness that surrounded everyone during a rough time. The plot is lightweight as hell, but who cares? A world is conjured anyway.

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Most Valuable Asset: Love of Welles translated through the Depression.
Most Excited For: Targets.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.

Coming Up Next: The Dardenne Brothers, realist chroniclers.

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