(RE)DISCOVER IN POCKET FORMAT THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN JEAN-BAPTISTE THORET AND PETER BOGDANOVICH ON THE OCCASION OF THE FILMAST RETROSPECTIVE AT THE FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE IN APRIL 2023
PETER BOGDANOVICH, CINEMA AS ELEGY Conversations with Jean-Baptiste THORET 13.5cm x 19cm | 400 pages ISBN: 979-10-93798-18-9
A cult filmmaker of American cinema from the '70s-'80s. The idol of Quentin Tarantino, Noah Baumbach & Wes Anderson
Born in 1939 in New York State, Peter Bogdanovich started out as a film critic. In 1968, he made his first film, La Cible, a realistic thriller about an aging star of fantasy cinema (Boris Karloff) confronted with the arbitrary violence of American Vietnam. Two years later, Bogdanovich set down his camera in Texas and filmed The Last Sitting, in the company of a young generation of promising actors (Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn) and Ben Johnson, one of favorite actors of John Ford. After this film, a great public success and an instant classic, Bogdanovich's career was launched. (1972), modern screwball comedy with Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand, Cotton Candy (1973), Daisy Miller (1974), Nickelodeon (1976), Saint Jack (1979), Everybody Laughed (1981), Mask (1985), Texasville (1990) and the recent Broadway Therapy.
This conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Jean-Baptiste Thoret began in 2009 and ended in 2018. The director talks about his films, his meetings, his childhood and his personal dramas, his conception of directing and the sometimes cruel backstage of 'Hollywood. He discusses his feats of arms and his setbacks with American studios, and his passion for the great masters of the seventh art, from John Ford to Orson Welles.
Jean-Baptiste Thoret is a director (We Blew It, 2017, Michael Cimino, an American mirage, 2021), critic and film historian. He is the author of a dozen books including American Cinema of the 70s, Michael Cimino, the Lost Voices of America, 26 Seconds, Splashed America and, with Bernard Benoliel, Road Movie, USA. He has also written on Dario Argento, John Carpenter, George Romero and Sergio Mann. Between 2012 and 2015, he co-produced the program During the works, the cinema remains open on France Inter.
Released in large format in 2018, here is finally Le Cinéma comme élégie in its paperback version on the occasion of the filmmaker's retrospective at the Cinémathèque française in April 2023.