Peter Bogdanovich

Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)
The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)

I wrote this 20 June 2009 in a blog that no longer exists.

One way to sum up PB’s career is with the Wellesian cliche: after the first masterpiece it was all downhill. Targets (1968) is Bogdanovich’s Citizen Kane. You, dear reader, may not have heard of it, but you should be able to trust me by now: it’s a seriously good and important film, and you can buy it on disk, and you should consider doing so, while you can. Then he made The Last Picture Show (1971) one of the greatest of all American movies. And then bye-bye PB. Well, the next film, What’s Up, Doc? (1972) was OK, but really, you have to wonder if the woman-behind-the-man phenomenon applies again here once, and that he was RS after he left his wife and co-writer Polly Platt for a 19-yr-young photographic model, Cybill Shepherd, who also has acted a bit.


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