Conversations with Peter Bogdanovich by Jean-Baptiste Thoret
A unique book on a cult director of American cinema of the 70s adored by Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach...
- Exclusively includes the DVD of the unreleased documentary "One Day Since Yesterday" by Bill Teck -
Born in 1939 in the state of New York, Peter Bogdanovich began as a film critic. In 1968, he directed 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 ends today. The director talks about his films, his encounters, 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 Orson Welles and Howard Hawks.
Jean-Baptiste Thoret is a director ( We Blew It , 2017), 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 Leone. Between 2012 and 2015, he co-produced the program During the works, the cinema remainsopen on France Inter.