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 film ended up being the second-biggest hit of the year, after The Godfather, which actually I turned down because I didn’t want to make a Mafia film. There was an early, glitzy screening of What’s Up, Doc? and the audience seemed to be resisting it. They weren’t loose enough for a film like that. It’s like everyone was sitting there asking themselves, ‘What is this?’ There had been some laughs but it wasn’t as warmly received as it would later be by the public. About ten minutes in, John Cassavetes stands up, in the middle of the picture, turns to the audience and shouts, very loudly, ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this!’ The place broke up, and from then on they loved it. John and I became friends after that. It’s my favorite review of any film of mine. PB
D, P: Peter Bogdanovich G: Buck Henry, David Newman, Robert Benton F: Laszlo Kovacs E: Verna Fields DA: Polly Platt S: Les Fresholtz CP: Saticoy Productions I: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton
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Was born in New York, USA, in 1939. Film critic, actor, producer, writer, filmmaker and writer. He studied theater in New York with Stella Adler and worked as a theater director. He did an extensive work as a historian interviewing directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Wells and John Ford, among others. He began his film career as an assistant...