Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas

Watch Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas

  • NR
  • 2002
  • 58 min
  • 7.3  (105)

Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas from 1991 is a documentary film directed by George Hickenlooper. The movie chronicles the life and career of legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and his experiences while making his film "The Last Picture Show" in Archer City, Texas in 1971. The film features interviews with Bogdanovich, his family members, and fellow filmmakers who worked with him on the project.

The documentary begins with Bogdanovich recounting his childhood in New York City and how he discovered his love for cinema. He talks about his early days as a film critic and his interactions with some of the most prominent filmmakers of the time, including Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. The film also delves into the making of his first feature film, "Targets," and how it led to his big break in Hollywood.

The main focus of the documentary, however, is on the making of "The Last Picture Show." The film was based on the novel by Larry McMurtry and starred Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, and Cloris Leachman. It was shot on location in Archer City, a small Texas town that Bogdanovich fell in love with while researching the project. The director talks about the challenges he faced while filming in a small town and how he was able to capture the essence of the place on screen.

The documentary also examines Bogdanovich's relationship with his collaborator and lover, actress Cybill Shepherd. The two had an intense and tumultuous relationship both on and off-screen, and the film explores how their personal lives influenced their work.

Throughout the documentary, Bogdanovich reflects on his career and the highs and lows he has experienced over the years. He talks about the critical success of "The Last Picture Show" and how it changed his life, as well as the disappointments he faced with later films. He also discusses the tragic death of his girlfriend and muse, actress Dorothy Stratten, and how it affected his life and career.

The film features interviews with several people who worked with Bogdanovich, including actors Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, as well as film critics and historians. It also includes footage from "The Last Picture Show" and other films directed by Bogdanovich, giving viewers a sense of his distinctive style and approach to filmmaking.

Overall, Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas from 1991 is an engaging and insightful documentary that offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and career of one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Whether you're a fan of Peter Bogdanovich or simply interested in the history of American cinema, this film is well worth watching.

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Description
  • Release Date
    2002
  • MPAA Rating
    NR
  • Runtime
    58 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (105)