When She’s Funny That Way got released in Argentina last year, many of us felt joy by the return to activity and splendor of one of the great directors that shone constantly in the cinema of the ‘70s and then became intermittent. At the same time, we felt that sadness of lost time, of unmade films, of the many more films by Peter Bognadonich we could have seen if he had kept the pace he had in the first half of the ‘70s. Bogdanovich’s previous film, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream, was shown at Bafici eight years ago. Before that, there was the hiatus between Runnin’ Down a Dream and The Cat’s Meow: six years covered by some TV movies and an episode from a series. And eight years before, in the previous century, there was The Thing Called Love, which we weren’t able to see in theaters, something that also happened with Noises Off and Texasville. And the ‘80s: the conflict and the tragedies, and that great pair of films that were They All Laughed and his true Mask, the one with the Springsteen songs, which we found about much later. Earlier, his first failures from the ‘70s with films we now treasure. And even earlier, his great hits with films that, of course, we also treasure. And before that, there were the great Hollywood films that influenced Peter, about which he told us through his films and also through his essential films. And we won’t be looking back anymore. Let’s return to present day, to the dream fulfilled: Peter Bogdanovich is among us. JPF
A shy professor accidentally meets a young girl with whom he’ll live the most hilarious situations and, without knowing how, they will both become involved in a jewelry theft. A tribute to the screwball comedies of the ‘30s and ‘40s.
The director immerses us in the universe of youth, more specifically in the sexual awakening of a group of teenagers (among them, the young and beautiful Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges) in a small Texan city during the fifties.
One of Bogdanovich’s trademarks: looking at classic film from the present. The film is presented as a voyage of discovery between a man and his daughter (Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, father and daughter both in fiction and real life) across the United States during the Great Depression.
A man goes to an armory to buy ammunition. He plans to assassinate several pedestrians and drivers from a rooftop. At night, he locates himself behind the screen of a drive-in cinema and starts to point at the people watching the show.
The murder of actress Dorothy Stratten while he was editing They All Laughed was a devastating experience in Bogdanovich’s life. This documentary rebuilds that story of love and belief in the healing power of cinema.
After seven years without filming, Bogdanovich’s return reunites two great comedians like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in order to tell, through rapid-fire dialogue and a game of ups and downs, a story about theater and the coincidences of life in the city.
Bogdanovich commits to covering the entire career of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a band with a 40-year career span. The documentary deciphers the key to their success and delivers four hours filled with unforgettable moments.