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Blogdanovich is the blog of director, producer, writer, actor, film critic, and author Peter Bogdanovich. He has directed over 25 feature films including international award winners The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Daisy Miller, Saint Jack, Mask; cult favorites Targets, Texasville, Noises Off, They All Laughed, and A The Thing Called Love, among stars he’s introduced: Cybill Shepherd, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Ritter, Sandra Bullock; has directed stars Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Michael Caine, Cher; best-sellers Who the Devil Made It: Who the Hell's In It, The Killing of the Unicorn; standard texts John Ford, This is Orson Welles; and was a recurring guest-star on the popular HBO series The Sopranos.

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THE HITCHCOCK FILE - PART 1

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  • December 12, 2012 12:53 AM
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Over the next few weeks, we are going to run all my movie-file cards, 1952-1970, on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, who is currently much in the news because there are two pictures—one on HBO, the other in theatres—about the Master of Suspense. The HBO film, The Girl, featuring Toby Jones as Hitch, deals with the making of The Birds, with particular focus on the director’s supposed sexual harassment of newcomer Tippi Hedren. I was on the set of The Birds and had no sense of that going on, which does not mean it isn’t true. The picture in theatres is titled Hitchcock, and is about the making of the movie he made just before The Birds, and indeed the most successful (box office) picture in Hitchcock’s long career, the notorious Psycho. In this biopic, Hitch is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, his wife Alma is played by Helen Mirren, and Janet Leigh is done by Scarlet Johansson.

Elder: The Tree of Doom

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  • December 5, 2012 11:45 PM
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ELDER The Tree of Doom November 25 - December 22  

THE HAWKS FILE - PART 5

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  • November 26, 2012 10:57 PM
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THE HAWKS FILE - PART 4

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  • November 10, 2012 1:12 PM
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Again, here are the next ten cards on Howard Hawks films that I saw 1952-1970. He remains one of my five favorite directors, and he is, as Orson Welles said, perhaps “the most talented American picturemaker.”  Certainly the most versatile, having done every genre to perfection: drama, comedy, gangster, detective, foreign intrigue, western, war, even the musical.

Reed: The Tree of Established Power

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  • October 28, 2012 5:08 PM
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REED The Tree of Established Power October 28 - November 24

THE HAWKS FILE - PART 3

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  • October 14, 2012 10:09 PM
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THE HAWKS FILE - PART 2

  • By Peter Bogdanovich
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  • October 5, 2012 11:30 PM
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These are more of my index cards on pictures directed by the great laconic American director of all genres, Howard Hawks; the films below were each seen by me for the first time in 1961, while I was preparing the first Hawks retrospective in the U.S., at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. titled The Cinema of Howard Hawks, the series ran for six months in 1962, and a monograph of the same title was published which featured a lengthy career interview I did with Hawks. That conversation, as well as several others I had with him, are all included in my book, Who the Devil Made It (1997), now also available as a fat e-book.

Ivy: The Tree of Resurrection

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  • September 30, 2012 3:23 PM
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IVY The Tree of Resurrection September 30 - October 27

THE HAWKS FILE - PART 1

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  • September 15, 2012 1:40 PM
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Vine: The Tree of Joy, Exhilaration and Wrath

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  • September 2, 2012 3:07 AM
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VINE The Tree of Joy, Exhilaration and Wrath September 2 - 29

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