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Peter Bogdanovich

Actor, Director & Author
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Biography

Most people strive their whole lives to make a name for themselves in just one field; Peter Bogdanovich is a rare exception to have found success in many.

Besides directing classic films such as The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, and Texasville, he has earned critical acclaim as a screenwriter, actor, critic, and biographer. Bogdanovich also landed a recurring role on The Sopranos as psychiatrist "Dr. Elliot Kupferberg." His achievements have been marked by Oscar nominations, film critic awards, and a spot on the bestseller list for his book, Who the Devil Made It?.

An intimate look at filmmaking that encompasses nearly the entire span of motion picture history, Who the Devil Made It? is a collection of Bogdanovich's interviews with 16 legendary film directors. He captures the humor and wisdom of such blue-chip directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, and Fritz Lang, as well as those of "B-movie Kings" like Joseph H. Lewis and Edgar G. Ulmer.

His latest title, Who the Hell's In It?, features recollections of his experiences with the famous actors he's directed, including such stars as Cybill Shepherd, the late John Ritter, and Jeff Bridges, who all made their debuts in his movies. Bogdanovich relives his adventures from a lifetime of movie-making.

This year, 2015, will see the wide release of Bogdanovich’s latest film, a screwball comedy called She’s Funny That Way. It stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and a terrific ensemble cast. Shot in New York, it had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was warmly received with a ten minute standing ovation. Bogdanovich is currently working on a long term cherished project, preparing a final cut of Orson Welles’ last film The Other Side of the Wind, which was completed shooting in the late 70s, but has yet to be edited in its entirety. Bogdanovich co-stars in the picture with John Huston, and has been trying to complete the film since Welles’ death in 1985. He is also preparing his next picture, a comedy-drama/fantasy called Wait for Me, which would be shot entirely in Europe.

His presentations are spiced with film clips - his own and those of the directors in his book - as well as with anecdotes brought wonderfully to life by humorous and dead-on impersonations of personalities from Hitchcock to Cary Grant.

Bogdanovich's musings can be seen on his online blog, aptly titled Blogdanovich.

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Who the Devil Made It?

Who the Hell's In It?

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