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Bogdanovich's picture shows
Harris, Thomas J., 1966-
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Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1990.
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xvi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Central Library PN1998.3.B64 H37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Scrutinizes the career of America's first cineaste, aiming for a thoroughly honest and objective critique of both the man and his films.

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As the first book-length study on Peter Bogdanovich in 15 years, and the first ever written in English, this volume brings together a great deal of valuable information on a filmmaker whose critical reputation justifiably soared with The Last Picture Show (1971), but fell just as surely after a series of cinematic flops. Although an obviously enthusiastic admirer of Bogdanovich's work, Harris provides a balanced and thoughtful treatment that is both well written and well researched. After a biographical overview and a brief discussion on film style, the author devotes separate chapters to each of Bogdanovich's 12 feature-length films, from the low-budget thriller Targets (1968), through the embarrassingly unfunny comedy Illegally Yours (1988). Harris judiciously mixes commentary from other authors and critics with his own insightful analyses of these films. The book would have been stronger if Harris could have waited another year in order to include the "long-awaited sequel," Texasville (1990). As a box-office and critical failure, and possibly Bogdanovich's "last picture show" for several years, Texasville might have provided a more fitting conclusion to Harris's study. Recommended for public libraries and for academic collections serving film studies. -J. I. Deutsch, The George Washington University

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