THE GREAT BUSTER
2018, Cohen Media, 102 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich is also a cinema historian who has authored landmark studies of John Ford and Orson Welles, and here he turns his eye to the life and career of Buster Keaton. From Keaton’s beginnings on the vaudeville circuit to the development of his trademark deadpan expression to his career-high years as the director, writer, producer and star of his own shorts and features, this documentary charts the rise of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton footage and interviews with nearly two dozen collaborators, filmmakers, performers and friends (including Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville), this is the definitive portrait of a true visionary of the silent era.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY
2014, Lionsgate, 93 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Director Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature in more than a decade kicks into gear when Broadway director Owen Wilson takes a fancy to call girl-turned-actress Imogen Poots and casts her in his latest play – along with his wife (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex (Rhys Ifans). Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte and a host of cameos too good to spoil here add to the romantic chaos in this effervescent comedy. “It’s a hysterical screwball fantasia that openly steals from Lubitsch, Hawks, Capra and Sturges and wants to be caught with its fingers in the till. The result is a highly sexed Jenga-pile of silliness, to which Bogdanovich can’t resist adding block after teetering block.” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.


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