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“But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct” – Peter Bogdanovich Illustrated talk by Julian Richards

In Detail

British film-maker Julian Richards, who recently directed the late Peter Bogdanovich in ‘Reborn’, will present an illustrated talk on the iconic American director, actor and cinephile.

The talk charts his meteoric rise from aspiring theatre actor and film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, to becoming a key player in the American new wave of the 1970’s. Supported with carefully chosen film clips, Richards’ presentation will cast a spotlight on the unique talents and opportunities that enabled this “Wellesian Wunderkind” to graduate from Roger Corman produced B movies, such as ‘Targets’ starring Boris Karloff, to multi-Oscar nominated ‘The Last Picture Show’ starring Jeff Bridges, Oscar winner ‘Paper Moon’ starring Ryan O’Neil, box office sensation ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ starring Barbara Streisand, critically acclaimed ‘Saint Jack’ starring Ben Gazzarra, comeback hit ‘Mask’ starring Cher and late return to form ‘Noises Off’ starring Michael Caine.

The talk will also cover the director’s less successful productions ‘At Long Last Love’ starring Cybil Shepherd, ‘Nickelodeon’ starring Burt Reynolds, ‘Texasville’ starring Jeff Bridges as well as the murder of his girlfriend Dorothy Stratten after the completion of ‘They All Laughed’, a personal tragedy from which Bogdanovich struggled to recover.

NB. Following this talk, Bogdanovich’s debut film ‘Targets’ will be screened separately in the Studio at 16:00.