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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Peter Bogdanovich's Directorial Debut 'Targets'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 17, 2013 at 11:29AM

Bullets Don't Argue! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Peter Bogdanovich's harrowing directorial debut, "Targets."
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"Targets"
"Targets"

Bullets Don't Argue! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Peter Bogdanovich's harrowing directorial debut, "Targets."

“Targets” was made independently and sold to Paramount, becoming an effective calling card for his career in the majors. In the wake of the rash of 1968 political assassinations the studio got cold feet and slapped on a misjudged gun control card at the beginning. Bogdanovich plays a film director named Sammy Michaels in tribute to Samuel Fuller, whose middle name was Michael and who refused screen credit for his contributions to the screenplay. This reissue trailer leans heavily on the director's "The Last Picture Show" fame. The original trailer can be seen here. It could almost have been assembled right after Sandy Hook by the Brady Campaign.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.