Peter Bogdanovich

Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)
The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971) novel by Larry McMurtry
Mask (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich, 1979)
Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich, 1990) sequel to Last Picture Show, novel by Larry McMurtry

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. It’s a seriously good and important first film. After that 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 ratshit after he left his wife and co-writer Polly Platt for a 19-yr-young photographic model, Cybill Shepherd, who has also acted a bit since then.


Garry Gillard | New: 26 March, 2017 | Now: 4 September, 2018