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Peter Bogdanovich is a legendary filmmaker whose career began by interviewing filmmakers in a thorough yet conversational manner. His relationships with Ford and Welles, among others, have yielded indispensable books investigating these auteurs’ films.
His own filmography is just as expansive and intricate, including richly woven odes to classical filmmaking and quite a few films that experienced crippling studio interventions, resulting in films that reward close readings, revisiting, and discussion.
We were lucky enough to have Peter join us at UNIT BAR, where he shared charming, insightful and emotional stories on the topic of our favourite Bogdanovich films, specifically those that are criminally under-seen for various reasons: Saint Jack, The Thing Called Love, Texasville, and Noises Off… He also mentions two new projects in development at the time, including She’s Funny That Way (formerly known as Squirrel to the Nuts). The film, produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, has since developed a cast featuring Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Aniston, Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzman, Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy and Kathryn Hahn.
This feature interview is from the fourth issue of The Seventh Art, which was released in May 2012.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #4: Peter Bogdanovich, Robin Smith, Natalie Grossi, Matt Backerle, Elana Ginsberg, Jackie Katz, Renee Elizabeth Crawford, Liam Crockard, and Andrew McIntyre.