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.


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.


SAINT JACK
1979, Concorde-New Horizon, 112 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

One of director Peter Bogdanovich’s best and most underrated films is adapted from the Paul Theroux novel and features Ben Gazzara as an easygoing, expatriate American pimp in Vietnam-era Singapore. Exceptionally authentic location atmosphere highlights this fascinating character study. With Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland and George Lazenby.


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