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Preview — Who the Hell's in It by Peter Bogdanovich
Who the Hell's in It: Conversations With Hollywood's Legendary Actors
A HITCHCOCKO-HAWKSIAN'S GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD
By James Hughes
(This interview originally appeared in STOP SMILING The Auteur Issue)
Before directing films like Targets (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), New York native Peter Bogdanovich was a journalist, interviewing Hollywood legends throughout the Sixties and Seventies for publications like Esquire, under editor Harold Hayes. (Several interview...more
The career trajectory of Bogdanovich is one of the strangest in Hollywood history. He's now had his fingerprints on or around some aspect of moviemaking, fairly continuously, for over 40 years. What's amazing about that is that every time it looks as if he has been thoroughly disqualified from further participation, some eerie combina...more
As they did with his 1997 compendium on film directors, Who the Devil Made It, critics embraced Bogdanovich's Who the Hell's in It, his paean to legendary Hollywood actors, most of whom are now dead. Reviewers applaud the detail and care with which Bogdanovich paints his subjects__Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, among them__and the professional insight he brings to this collection. "Inside the bon vivant and raconteur that is today's Bogdanovich," writes the Washington Post, "is an honest-t...more
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People like Bogdanovich amaze me - how they remember details of their lives and conversations, and are able to bring such color and life to descriptions. They have to be faithful to the real encounter because they're so rich and interesting and truthful in spirit. My memory performs nowhere near like that!
Chapters on Bogey and Cary Grant were especially memorable.