Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Blog Discovery: Peter Bogdanovich

Wow, you  never know what you're going to find on the internet, and sometimes you strike gold.

Film director Peter Bogdanovich has been a favorite of mine for some time, not only because of his terrific films. I can't name a favorite but The Cat's Meow--about some nastiness aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht--is one of them. Watch it and you'll realize he deserved the shellacking Orson Welles gave him in Citizen Kane--if the whispers are true. Then watch RKO 281--about the making of Kane--for the rest of the "reel" story.

I can listen to Bogdanovich's commentaries on classic films for hours--he has a great insight into movie making, well thought out remarks, and a wonderfully deep voice that demands attention. I have yet to read his book on Orson Welles, another of my favorite filmmakers, but will one day rectify that.

Bogdanovich has his own blog now, the "gold" I mentioned, and if you're into the history of classic films (he has a great write-up on Chaplin's City Lights that hits a home run in describing how amazing that movie is) click away and enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Brian, to me the names Peter Bogdanovich and Cybill Shepherd go hand-in-hand. I can't think of one without the other. Thanks for the leads.
    Elaine Ash