Tag Archives: Peter Bogdanovich

americans abroad: in search of “classical” education

The Henry James archetype of the American abroad: Generally painters, novelists or historians of the arts. Almost all of them idlers who live on unearned income and found in Switzerland an ideal tax haven; pensioners an elderly couples stretching their … Continue reading

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running on almost empty

It’s an interesting proposition. Getting rid of cars period would be a huge leap in changing our sense of consciousness. The debate has been quarantined and hi-jacked by discussion about national security and ecology, but smaller and more fuel efficient … Continue reading

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not by the book

Throw the book away. Should movies be judged on their own merits and not on the books from which they often give cinematic form to, and nver mind where the original ideas came from? A classic example is form the … Continue reading

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live at snubbs: looking at kings without crowns

Meet the Fockers. Jewish? Hardly. The idea that Hollywood is Jewish can be seen as somewhat tenuous. That it is the entertainment complex, the mouthpiece of the industrial/financial complex is evident.Its secular, universal aspiring, atheistic or a best gnostic, and … Continue reading

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trial of a soapbox romantic

The problem with the prodigy, the adult prodigy, is the fact of dealing with once being great, and living perpetually in eclipse. Orson Welles was a romantic since birth, a romantic always outside, outside adapting to the narrow and canny … Continue reading

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welles: frozen in the role of prodigy

Every discussion of Citizen Kane, or of any other Welles movie, is sure to bring up his camera sense. In Kane there is the brilliant pseudo newsreel of the great man’s death, the senate investigation scene that is modeled on … Continue reading

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there’s something about paradise

The double entendre of a trouble in paradise.The Lubitsch touch. The phrase used to describe the work of director Ernst Lubitsch. Reams have been written on the subject, but it remains a vague elusive concept that defies generic interpretation and … Continue reading

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vaudeville: american culture is performance

Vaudeville has been dead for over ninety years.The wandering minstrel had been replaced by the electronic age.¬† The acrobats, the animal acts, the dancers, the singers, and the old-time comedians have all taken their bows and turned stage left into … Continue reading

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''F'' IS FOR FAKE AND FOOTBALL

Did he or did he not touch the ball with his hand? Of course he took a dive; it had to be fake. He was allegedly hit in the shin ,but was clutching his shoulder.A Pain in the butt, but … Continue reading

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