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Friday, July 30, 2021

Bogdanovich Birthday, Orson, Tom and Buster

Peter Bogdanovich, who is celebrating his 82nd birthday today, Orson Welles, Tom Petty, Buster Keaton are all favorites here at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog.

Here's Peter, interviewed at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival by Ben Mankiewicz.

Bogdanovich was a close friend of Orson, wrote a book about him, and became quite the expert on Welles' movies.

The prolific director, producer, writer, actor, author and film historian has moved skillfully into the world of podcasts. Here's Peter Bogdanovich on WTF with Marc Maron.

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast did a fantastic interview with Peter a few years ago. IMHO, it's still one of this podcast's all-time best episodes.

Also terrific: Peter's appearance on Ileana Douglas' podcast.

Eventually, Peter did his own podcast, The Plot Thickens, for Turner Classic Movies. Here's episode one.

And then there's The Other Side Of The Wind, the last movie Orson Welles made, completed and painstakingly reconstructed, much due to the efforts of Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Netflix, intrepid production crews and archivist "film detectives."

It is a very psychedelic era influenced piece, in which Orson absorbed the latest ideas from independent filmmakers and the French New Wave, many of which he inspired in the first place. Fellow director John Huston stars.

On Trailers From Hell, which is definitely on the short list of our favorite YouTube channels, director Joe Dante offers his reaction to seeing The Other Side Of The Wind.

While Bogdanovich is known in particular for the many feature films he directed from the late 1960's through the 1990's, he has made some terrific documentaries, notably Runnin' Down A Dream, spotlighting Tom Petty, his life and music (with Mudcrutch and The Heartbreakers) and The Great Buster: A Celebration.

Devoted a blog post to The Great Buster's 2018 release.

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