|Born||July 30, 1939|
Kingston, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 6, 2022 (aged 82)|
(m. 1988; div. 2001)
|Partner(s)||Cybill Shepherd (1971–1978)|
Dorothy Stratten (1980)
Peter Bogdanovich(July 30, 1939 – January 6, 2022) was an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian of Serbian extraction. He started his career as a film critic for Film Culture and Esquire before becoming a film director in the New Hollywood movement. He received accolades including a BAFTA Award and Grammy Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
Bogdanovich worked as a film journalist until he was hired to work on Roger Corman's The Wild Angels (1966). His credited feature film debut came with Targets (1968), before his career breakthrough with the drama The Last Picture Show (1971) which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and the acclaimed films What's Up, Doc? (1972) and Paper Moon (1973). Other films include Saint Jack (1979), They All Laughed (1981), Mask (1985), Noises Off (1992), The Cat's Meow (2001), and She's Funny That Way (2014).
As an actor, he was known for his roles in HBO series The Sopranos and Orson Welles's last film The Other Side of the Wind (2018), which he also helped finish. He received a Grammy Award for Best Music Film for directing the Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream (2007).
Bogdanovich directed documentaries such as Directed by John Ford (1971) and The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018). He also published numerous books, some of which include in-depth interviews with friends Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles. Bogdanovich's works have been cited as important influences by many major filmmakers.
Peter Bogdanovich was born in Kingston, New York, the son of Herma (née Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a pianist and painter. His father was a Serbian descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish. Bogdanovich was fluent in Serbian, having learned it before English. He had an older brother who died in an accident in 1938, at eighteen months of age, after a pot of boiling soup fell on him, though Bogdanovich did not learn about his brother until he was seven and did not know the circumstances of his death until he was an adult. His parents both arrived in the U.S. in May 1939 on visitors' visas, along with his mother's immediate family, three months before the onset of World War II. In 1952, when he was twelve, Bogdanovich began keeping a record of every film he saw on index cards, complete with reviews; he continued to do so until 1970. He saw up to four hundred films a year. He graduated from New York City's Collegiate School in 1957 and studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory.
In the early 1960s, Bogdanovich was known as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where he programmed influential retrospectives and wrote monographs for the films of Orson Welles, John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock. Bogdanovich also brought attention to Allan Dwan, a pioneer of American film who had fallen into obscurity by then, in a 1971 retrospective Dwan attended. He also programmed for New Yorker Theater.
Before becoming a director, he wrote for Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, and Cahiers du Cinéma as a film critic. These articles were collected in Pieces of Time (1973).
In 1966, following the example of Cahiers du Cinéma critics François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Éric Rohmer, who had created the Nouvelle Vague ("New Wave") by making their own films, Bogdanovich decided to become a director. Encouraged by director Frank Tashlin, whom he would interview in his book Who the Devil Made It, Bogdanovich headed for Los Angeles with his wife Polly Platt and in so doing, left his rent unpaid.
Intent on breaking into the industry, Bogdanovich would ask publicists for movie premiere and industry party invitations. At one screening, Bogdanovich was viewing a film and director Roger Corman was sitting behind him. The two struck up a conversation when Corman mentioned he liked a cinema piece Bogdanovich wrote for Esquire. Corman offered him a directing job, which Bogdanovich accepted immediately. He worked with Corman on Targets, which starred Boris Karloff, and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, under the pseudonym Derek Thomas. Bogdanovich later said of the Corman school of filmmaking, "I went from getting the laundry to directing the picture in three weeks. Altogether, I worked 22 weeks – preproduction, shooting, second unit, cutting, dubbing – I haven't learned as much since."
Returning to journalism, Bogdanovich struck up a lifelong friendship with Orson Welles while interviewing him on the set of Mike Nichols's Catch-22. Bogdanovich played a major role in reviving Welles and his career with his writings on the actor-director, including his book This is Orson Welles. In the early 1970s, when Welles was having financial problems, Bogdanovich let him stay at his Bel Air mansion for a couple of years.
In 1970, Bogdanovich was commissioned by the American Film Institute to direct a documentary about John Ford for their tribute, Directed by John Ford. The resulting film included candid interviews with John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda, and was narrated by Orson Welles. Out of circulation for years due to licensing issues, Bogdanovich and TCM released it in 2006, re-edited it to make it "faster and more incisive", with additional interviews with Clint Eastwood, Walter Hill, Harry Carey Jr., Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and others.
Much of the inspiration that led Bogdanovich to his cinematic creations came from early viewings of the film Citizen Kane. In an interview with Robert K. Elder, author of The Film That Changed My Life, Bogdanovich explains his appreciation of Orson Welles's work:
It's just not like any other movie you know. It's the first modern film: fragmented, not told straight ahead, jumping around. It anticipates everything that's being done now, and which is thought to be so modern. It's all become really decadent now, but it was certainly fresh then.
The 32-year-old Bogdanovich was hailed by critics as a "Wellesian" wunderkind when his best-received film, The Last Picture Show, was released in 1971. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Director, and won two statues, for Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson in the supporting acting categories. Bogdanovich co-wrote the screenplay with Larry McMurtry, and it won the 1971 BAFTA award for Best Screenplay. Bogdanovich cast the 21-year-old model Cybill Shepherd in a major role in the film and fell in love with her, an affair leading to his divorce from Polly Platt, his longtime artistic collaborator and the mother of his two daughters.
Bogdanovich followed up The Last Picture Show with the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. Bogdanovich then formed The Directors Company with Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin and co-owned by Paramount Pictures. Paramount allowed the directors to make a minimum of twelve films with a budget of $3 million each. It was through this entity that Bogdanovich's Paper Moon was produced.
Paper Moon, a Depression-era comedy starring Ryan O'Neal that won his 10-year-old daughter Tatum O'Neal an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress, proved the high-water mark of Bogdanovich's career. Forced to share the profits with his fellow directors, Bogdanovich became dissatisfied with the arrangement. The Directors Company subsequently produced only two more pictures, Coppola's The Conversation (1974, which was nominated for Best Picture in 1974 alongside The Godfather Part II), and Bogdanovich's Cybill Shepherd-starring Daisy Miller, which had a lackluster critical reception and was a disappointment at the box office. The partners of The Directors Company all went their separate ways after the production of Daisy Miller.
Bogdanovich's next effort, At Long Last Love, was a musical starring Shepherd and Burt Reynolds. Both that and his next film, Nickelodeon, were critical and box-office disasters, severely damaging his standing in the film community. Reflecting upon his recent career, Bogdanovich said in 1976, "I was dumb. I made a lot of mistakes."
In 1975, he sued Universal for breaching a contract to produce and direct Bugsy. He then took a few years off, then returned to directing with a lower-budgeted film, Saint Jack, which was filmed in Singapore and starred Ben Gazzarra in the title role. The film earned critical praise, although was not a box-office hit. The making of this film marked the end of his romantic relationship with Cybill Shepherd.
Bogdanovich's next film was the romantic comedy They All Laughed which featured Dorothy Stratten, a former model and Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 1979 and Playmate of the Year in 1980, who began a romantic relationship with Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich took over distribution of They All Laughed himself. He later blamed this for why he had to file for bankruptcy in 1985. He declared he had a monthly income of $75,000 and monthly expenses of $200,000.
Shortly after the film finished shooting, Dorothy Stratten was murdered by her estranged husband Paul Snider, who then killed himself. To cope with the tragedy, Bogdanovich began writing The Killing of the Unicorn, a memoir detailing the relationship between Stratten and himself, the making of They All Laughed and her murder. "I wanted to understand what happened to her," said Bogdanovich, "I felt I couldn't move forward with my life, creative or otherwise until I did." Bogdanovich said the book was meant to be delivered to William Morrow and Company in August 1982, "but new facts kept coming to light and so it was delayed. I did more and more rewriting. In all, I suppose, I wrote the book five times." The book was eventually published in 1984.
Stratten's murder was highly publicized, with Teresa Carpenter's "Death of a Playmate" article even claiming that she was as much a victim of Bogdanovich and Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner as she was Snider. Carpenter's article then served as the basis for Bob Fosse's film Star 80. Bogdanovich opposed the production and refused to allow the film to use his name. He was portrayed as the fictional "Aram Nicholas", and he threatened litigation if he found the character objectionable. Shortly after, Hefner accused Bogdanovich of seducing Stratten's younger sister Louise when she was 13. On December 30, 1988, the 49-year-old Bogdanovich married 20-year-old Louise, sparking a tabloid frenzy.
After Stratten's murder, Bogdanovich said he "didn't go out much", but one day got a call from his friend John Cassavetes who asked him to direct Diahnne Abbott in a scene from his film Love Streams to help get him out of house. Despite Bogdanovich's contribution to the film, which even he himself admits was minor, Cassavetes tried to get the Directors Guild to give him a shared credit.
Bogdanovich returned to directing officially with Mask, released in 1985 to critical acclaim. The film was released with a song score by Bob Seger against Bogdanovich's wishes (he favored Bruce Springsteen). A director's cut of the film, slightly longer and with Springsteen's songs, was belatedly released on DVD in 2004.
Bogdanovich directed the comedy Illegally Yours in 1988, starring Rob Lowe. Bogdanovich later disowned the film, saying he had "high hopes for it", but that it had been completely re-cut by Dino De Laurentiis, the film's distributor.
In 1990, Bogdanovich adapted Larry McMurtry's novel Texasville, a sequel to The Last Picture Show, into a film. It is set 33 years after the events of The Last Picture Show, and Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd both reprised their roles as Duane and Jacy. It was a critical and box office disappointment relative to the first film. Bogdanovich often complained that the version of Texasville that was released was not the film he had intended. His cut of Texasville was later released on LaserDisc, and the theatrical cut was released on DVD by MGM in 2005. After the release of Texasville, Bogdanovich revisited The Last Picture Show and produced a modified director's cut for The Criterion Collection which includes seven minutes of previously unseen footage and re-edited scenes.
In 1991, Bogdanovich developed an alternative calendar, titled A Year and a Day: Goddess Engagement Calendar. The calendar consisted of 13 months of 28 days and a bonus day to equal 365 days. Each month was named after a different species of tree. Bogdanovich attributed his inspiration for the calendar to the works of Robert Graves.
Bogdanovich directed two more theatrical films in 1992 and 1993, but neither film recaptured the success of his early career. One, Noises Off, was based on a stage play by Michael Frayn, while another, The Thing Called Love, is better known as one of River Phoenix's last roles before his death. In the mid-90s, Bogdanovich began to work in television, directing films such as To Sir, with Love II. In 1997, he declared bankruptcy again. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, he authored several critically lauded books, including Who the Devil Made It, featuring archival interviews that Bogdanovich had held with famous Hollywood directors, and Peter Bogdanovich's Movie of the Week, which offered the lifelong cinephile's commentary on 52 of his favorite films.
In 2001, Bogdanovich resurfaced with The Cat's Meow, his return once again to a reworking of the past, this time the alleged killing of director Thomas Ince by William Randolph Hearst. The film was a modest critical success but made little money at the box-office. Bogdanovich said that he was told the story of the alleged Ince murder by Welles, who in turn said he heard it from writer Charles Lederer.
In addition to directing some television work, Bogdanovich returned to acting with a recurring guest role on the cable television series The Sopranos, playing Dr. Melfi's psychotherapist, also later directing a fifth-season episode. He had a voice role, as Bart Simpson's therapist's analyst in an episode of The Simpsons, and appeared as himself in the "Robots Versus Wrestlers" episode of How I Met Your Mother. Quentin Tarantino cast Bogdanovich as a disc jockey in Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2. "Quentin knows, because he's such a movie buff, that when you hear a disc jockey's voice in my pictures, it's always me, sometimes doing different voices", said Bogdanovich. "So he called me and he said, 'I stole your voice from The Last Picture Show for the rough cut, but I need you to come down and do that voice again for my picture ... '" He hosted The Essentials on Turner Classic Movies, but was replaced in May 2006 by TCM host Robert Osborne and film critic Molly Haskell. Bogdanovich hosted introductions to movies on Criterion Collection DVDs, and had a supporting role in the critically praised mini-series Out of Order.
In 2006, Bogdanovich joined forces with ClickStar, where he hosted a classic film channel, Peter Bogdanovich's Golden Age of Movies. Bogdanovich also wrote a blog for the site. In 2003, he appeared in the BBC documentary Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, and in 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust. The following year, Bogdanovich was presented with an award for outstanding contribution to film preservation by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2010, Bogdanovich joined the directing faculty at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. On April 17, 2010, he was awarded the Master of Cinema Award at the 12th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival. In 2011, he was given the Auteur Award by the International Press Academy, which is awarded to filmmakers whose singular vision and unique artistic control over the elements of production give a personal and signature style to their films.
In 2012, Bogdanovich made news with an essay in The Hollywood Reporter, published in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, in which he argued against excessive violence in the movies:
Today, there's a general numbing of the audience. There's too much murder and killing. You make people insensitive by showing it all the time. The body count in pictures is huge. It numbs the audience into thinking it's not so terrible. Back in the '70s, I asked Orson Welles what he thought was happening to pictures, and he said, 'We're brutalizing the audience. We're going to end up like the Roman circus, live at the Coliseum.' The respect for human life seems to be eroding.
In 2014, Bogdanovich's last narrative film, She's Funny That Way, was released in theaters and on-demand, followed by the documentary, The Great Buster: A Celebration in 2018. In 2018, Orson Welles' long-delayed film The Other Side of the Wind, which was filmed in the 1970s and featured a prominent supporting role by Boganovich, who had long hoped to complete it, was released by Netflix to critical acclaim.
One of his final hopes was to direct a personal passion project he had worked on since the late '90s titled Wait for Me which Bogdanovich had described as a "ghost picture", the likes of The Ghost Goes West, that was directly inspired by his relationship with Dorothy Stratten. In a July 2015 interview for Entertainment Weekly, Bogdanovich revealed that Brett Ratner was going to produce the film, and that they were currently in the process of attaching actors. The plot, as described by Bogdanovich, would have followed a washed-up Hollywood director/star (someone like Orson Welles or Charlie Chaplin), who is visited by his the ghost of his last wife, who was killed six years earlier in a plane crash.
Bogdanovich collaborated with Turner Classic Movies, and host Ben Mankiewicz, to create a documentary podcast about his life, which premiered in 2020. That same year, a copy of his original cut of She's Funny That Way, originally titled Squirrels to the Nuts, was found on eBay. In the wake of Bogdanovich's death in January 2022, the cut was shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art beginning on March 28, 2022.
Weeks before his death, Bogdanovich collaborated with Kim Basinger to create LIT Project 2: Flux, a first of its kind short film made available on the Ethereum blockchain as a non-fungible token. The project was scheduled to be released on January 25, 2022. He was also working on developing a new screenplay, with the help of author Sam Kashner, titled Our Love Is Here to Stay about composers George and Ira Gershwin. According to Louise Stratten, after they had finished the script, Guillermo del Toro was involved to produce the film at Netflix. Stratten also noted that, prior to his death, Bogdanovich had completed his memoirs, which he wanted to call All I Wanna Do is Direct.
Bogdanovich died from complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles on January 6, 2022 at age 82. Since his death, many directors, actors, and other public figures paid tribute to him. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described him as "a loving cineaste and fearless genius of cinema." The New York Times described him as a genius "of the Hollywood system who, with great success and frustration, worked to transform it in the same era." His work has been cited as an influence by many filmmakers.
|Year||Title and description||Ref.|
|1960s||The Criminals, a World War II film for Roger Corman|||
|A film adaptation of John H. Reese's novel The Looters with Polly Platt|||
|1970s||Duck, You Sucker!|||
|The Streets of Laredo, a Western written by Larry McMurtry, who later turned it into a novel, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Ryan O'Neal, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson and The Clancy Brothers|||
|A film adaptation of John Galsworthy's short story "The Apple Tree" written by Gavin Lambert|||
|A film adaptation of Calder Willingham's novel Rambling Rose starring Cybill Shepherd, which he planned to make for The Directors Company|||
|Bugsy, a biopic written by Howard Sackler about the life of mobster Bugsy Siegel|||
|A film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's short story "The Girl with the Silver Eyes"|||
|King of the Gypsies|||
|Dancing, a film written by John Cassavetes starring Cassavetes alongside Peter Falk, Cybill Shepard and Raquel Welch|||
|1980s||The Return of the Count, a love story starring John Cassavetes and Dorothy Stratten|||
|Twelve's a Crowd, starring Keith Carradine and Colleen Camp|||
|A remake of the 1945 film noir Detour|
|Brewster's Millions starring John Ritter as Montgomery Brewster|
|I'll Remember April, starring Colleen Camp, John Cassavetes and Charles Aznavour|||
|The Lady in the Moon, written by Larry McMurtry|
|Honkytonk Sue, written by Larry McMurtry starring Goldie Hawn|||
|A film adaptation of David Scott Milton's novel Paradise Road starring Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, Charles Aznavour, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Sophia Loren and John Ritter|||
|A film adaptation of Michael Brady's two-act play To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday starring Molly Ringwald|||
|Saturday Sunday Monday, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni|||
|Intimate Writings of Theodor Hammer|||
|A film adaptation of Robert Graves' novel The Golden Fleece|||
|Seven Days to the North Wind, a film adaptation of Robert Graves' novel Seven Days in New Crete|
|A film adaptation of Robert Graves' novel Wife to Mr. Milton|
|1990s||A film adaptation of Noël Coward's three-act play Private Lives starring Audrey Hepburn|||
|Face Facts, a comedy written by Lynn Adams starring Stanley Tucci, Phoebe Cates, Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams|||
|Wait for Me, a ghost comedy starring Michael Caine, Gena Rowlands, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Cybill Shepherd and Jerry Lewis|||
|2000s||The Broken Code, a biopic about research scientist Rosalind Franklin written by David Baxter adapted from Anne Sayre's biography|||
|2010s||A film adaptation of Kurt Andersen's novel Turn of the Century|||
|One Lucky Moon, a comedy-drama with Nora Jobling starring Cybill Shepherd, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Eva Hassmann and Tom Petty|||
|John Ledger, a drama written by Joey Camen starring Tom Sizemore as a car salesman who battles his addiction with sex|||
|2020s||A detective series based on his book The Killing of the Unicorn which he wrote about the murder of Dorothy Stratten|||
|Saint Jack in the Philippines, a limited series based on his film Saint Jack|||
|Our Love Is Here to Stay, a biopic with Sam Kashner about George and Ira Gershwin|||
Bogdanovich turned down the opportunity to direct A Glimpse of Tiger, The Godfather, The Exorcist, The Way We Were, Chinatown, a sequel to Paper Moon titled Harvest Moon, Rooster Cogburn, Heaven Can Wait, Hurricane, Popeye, as well as the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove, which had been adapted from the novel from which The Streets of Laredo was based on. He also turned down the role played by Dabney Coleman in Tootsie.
|1968||Targets||Yes||Yes||Yes||Story co-written with Polly Platt; also editor (uncredited)|
|1971||The Last Picture Show||Yes||Yes||No||Co-written with Larry McMurtry; also co-editor (uncredited)|
|1972||What's Up, Doc?||Yes||Story||Yes|
|1975||At Long Last Love||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1976||Nickelodeon||Yes||Yes||No||Co-written with W. D. Richter|
|1979||Saint Jack||Yes||Yes||No||Co-written with Howard Sackler and Paul Theroux|
|1981||They All Laughed||Yes||Yes||No||Additional dialogue by Blaine Novak|
|1993||The Thing Called Love||Yes||No||No|
|2001||The Cat's Meow||Yes||No||No|
|2014||She's Funny That Way||Yes||Yes||No||Co-written with Louise Stratten|
|1971||Directed by John Ford||Yes||Yes||No|
|2007||Runnin' Down a Dream||Yes||No||No|
|2018||The Great Buster: A Celebration||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1995||Picture Windows||Episode: "Song of Songs" (S1 E2)|
|Fallen Angels||Episode: "A Dime a Dance" (S2 E3)|
|1996||To Sir, with Love II||Made-for-television film|
|1997||The Price of Heaven||Made-for-television film|
|Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women||Made-for-television film|
|1998||Naked City: A Killer Christmas||Made-for-television film|
|1999||A Saintly Switch||Made-for-television film|
|2004||The Mystery of Natalie Wood||Made-for-television film|
|The Sopranos||Episode: "Sentimental Education" (S5 E6)|
|Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women||Narrator|||
|1971||The Last Picture Show||Disc Jockey|||
|1979||Saint Jack||Eddie Schuman|
|1981||They All Laughed||Disk Jockey|||
|Mr. Jealousy||Howard Poke|||
|Lick the Star||The Principal||Short films|||
|1999||Claire Makes It Big||Arturo Mulligan|||
|2001||Festival in Cannes||Milo|||
|2003||Kill Bill: Volume 1||Disc Jockey|||
|2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||Disc Jockey|||
|The Definition of Insanity||Peter Bogdanovich|||
|The Fifth Patient||Edward Birani|||
|Broken English||Iriving Mann|||
|2008||Humboldt County||Professor Hadley|||
|Queen of the Lot||Pedja Sapir|||
|2013||Don't Let Me Go||Man|||
|Are You Here||Judge Harlan Plath|||
|2014||While We're Young||Speaker|||
|The Tell-Tale Heart||The Old Man|||
|2016||Durant's Never Closes||George|||
|Six LA Love Stories||Duane Crawford|||
|2018||Los Angeles Overnight||Vedor Ph.D.|||
|The Other Side of the Wind||Brooks Otterlake||Shot between 1970 and 1976|||
|The Great Buster: A Celebration||Narrator||Documentary film|||
|2019||The Creatress||Theo Mencken|||
|It Chapter Two||Peter – Director|||
|Willie and Me||Charley|||
|1987||Moonlighting||Himself||Episode: "The Straight Poop" (S3 E9)|||
|1993||Northern Exposure||Himself||Episode: "Rosebud" (S5 E7)|||
|1995||Cybill||Himself||Episode: "See Jeff Jump, Jump, Jeff, Jump!" (S1 E7)|||
|Picture Windows||Lucca||Episode: "Song of Songs" (E2)|||
|1997||Bella Mafia||Vito Giancamo||Made-for-television film|||
|2000||Rated X||Film Professor||Made-for-television film|||
|2000–2007||The Sopranos||Elliot Kupferberg||Episode: "Toodle-Fucking-Oo" (S2 E3)|||
|Episode: "Big Girls Don't Cry" (S2 E5)|
|Episode: "From Where to Eternity" (S2 E9)|
|Episode: "House Arrest" (S2 E11)|
|Episode: "Employee of the Month" (S3 E4)|
|Episode: "He Is Risen" (S3 E8)|
|Episode: "The Weight" (S4 E4)|
|Episode: "Calling All Cars" (S4 E11)|
|Episode: "Two Tonys" (S5 E1)|
|Episode: "All Happy Families..." (S5 E4)|
|Episode: "Johnny Cakes" (S6 E8)|
|Episode: "Stage 5" (S6 E14)|
|Episode: "The Second Coming" (S6 E19)|
|Episode: "The Blue Comet" (S6 E20)|
|2003||Out of Order||Zach||Episode: "Pilot: Part One" (E1)|||
|Episode: "Pilot: Part Two" (E2)|
|Episode: "The Art of Loss" (E3)|
|Episode: "Losing My Religion" (E4)|
|Episode: "Follow the Rat" (E5)|
|Episode: "Put Me In Order" (E6)|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Dr. Lohr||Episode: "Daddy's Girl" (S2 E16)|||
|2005–2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||George Merritt||Episode: "Sex Club" (S4 E14)|
|Episode: "Bombshell" (S6 E20)|
|2007||The Simpsons||Psychologist||Episode: "Yokel Chords" (S18 E14)|
|2010||How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "Robots Versus Wrestlers" (S5 E22)|||
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Arnold Whistler||Episode: "Burning Down the House" (S2 E15)|||
|2014||The Good Wife||Himself||Episode: "Goliath and David" (S5 E11)|||
|2016||Documentary Now!||Himself||Episode: "Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 1" (S2 E6)|||
|2017–2019||Get Shorty||Giustino Moreweather||Episode: "Turnaround" (S1 E9)|||
|Episode: "Selenite" (S2 E3)|
|Episode: "What To Do When You Land" (S3 E1)|
|Episode: "Strong Move" (S3 E3)|
|2012||"Constant Conversations"||Passion Pit|||
|Targets||Commentary & video introduction||Paramount Widescreen Collection|||
|The Last Picture Show||1991 commentary with actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman and Frank Marshall||Criterion laserdisc|||
|2009 solo commentary||Sony Pictures|||
|What's Up, Doc?||Commentary||Warner Home Video|||
|Paper Moon||Commentary||Warner Home Video|||
|Daisy Miller||Commentary & video introduction||Paramount Widescreen Collection|||
|They All Laughed||Commentary & 2006 interview with filmmaker Wes Anderson||HBO Video|||
|Mask||Commentary & 2004 conversation||Universal|||
|The Thing Called Love||Commentary||Paramount Widescreen Collection|||
|The Cat's Meow||Commentary||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|||
|"Sentimental Education"||Commentary||HBO Video|||
|She's Funny That Way||Commentary with co-writer/producer Louise Stratten||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|||
|A Safe Place||1971 archival video interview||Criterion|||
|Bringing Up Baby||Commentary||Warner Home Video|||
|Citizen Kane||Commentary||Warner Home Video|||
|Clash by Night||Commentary with audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang||Warner Home Video|||
|El Dorado||Commentary||Paramount Centennial Collection|||
|F for Fake||Video introduction||Criterion|||
|Five Easy Pieces||2009 interviews from the documentary BBStory||Criterion|||
|Frances Ha||2013 conversation with filmmaker Noah Baumbach||Criterion|||
|French Cancan||Video introduction||Criterion|||
|Fury||Commentary with audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang||Warner Home Video|||
|La Bête Humaine||2004 interview||Criterion|||
|The Lady Eve||2001 video introduction & 2020 conversation with director Preston Sturges's biographer and son Tom Sturges and other participants||Criterion|||
|The Lady from Shanghai||Commentary||Columbia Classics|||
|Land of the Pharaohs||Commentary with audio interview excerpts of director Howard Hawks||Warner Home Video|||
|The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog||Audio interview excerpts with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1963 and 1972||Criterion|||
|M||Commentary with audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang & 1965 archival audio interview with Lang||Eureka Video|||
|The Magnificent Ambersons||1978 archival interview with director Orson Welles||Criterion|||
|Make Way for Tomorrow||2009 interview||Criterion|||
|The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance||Commentary with audio interview excerpts of director John Ford and co-star James Stewart||Paramount Centennial Collection|||
|Notorious||2009 interviews from the documentary Once Upon a Time... Notorious||Criterion|||
|Only Angels Have Wings||1972 archival audio excerpts with director Howard Hawks||Criterion|||
|Othello||1995 audio commentary with Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel||Criterion laserdisc|||
|Red River||2014 interview & 1972 archival audio excerpts with director Howard Hawks||Criterion|||
|The Rules of the Game||Reading commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske||Criterion|||
|The Searchers||Commentary||Warner Home Video|||
|"The Sopranos"||Commentary with Sopranos creator David Chase||HBO Video|||
|Strangers on a Train||Commentary with Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano and other participants||Warner Home Video|||
|The Third Man||Video introduction||Criterion|||
|To Catch a Thief||Commentary with film historian Laurent Bouzereau||Paramount Collectors Edition|||
|Trouble in Paradise||Video introduction||Criterion|||
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It's about a movie director slash star — somebody like Woody Allen or John Cassavetes or Orson Welles or Charlie Chaplin — and he's basically known for comedy. And he's been married six times and he's got six daughters, and his last wife, the one he seems to have been most keen on, was killed in a plane crash, six years before the movie begins. And the guy's life in those six years, since it happened, has turned to s**t. He's in bad shape. He can't be hired by Hollywood because he chopped up a projection room and beat up a producer. So he's persona non grata in Hollywood. Before the picture begins, he spends quite a bit of time in Italy, conning the Italians that he's got a story, that he's got to check locations. So he's been traveling all around Italy. I don't want to get into the whole plot, but the point is the ghost of his last wife shows up eventually. And there's a rock star that gets into trouble. He's a friend of his, and he's in love with one of his daughters. It's a complicated comedy-drama-fantasy, and I'm very keen on it. And Brett likes it and we're going to do it.
While I was finishing They All Laughed, before Dorothy [Stratten] was killed, I was thinking about the next picture I was going to make and it was going to be with Dorothy. And I wasn't sure who was going to play the lead, but it was very much a character like me, so it might have been John Cassavetes I was thinking of, someone dramatic who would be funny, theatrical, and real. It was about an orchestra conductor and a Dutch girl he meets when he goes to Amsterdam to conduct. She's a violinist and he falls for her. He brings her home to Los Angeles. And it was called The Return of the Count because he's a count, some kind of middle-European count. Again, I was going to do what I did on They All Laughed, which was I was going to take my own life stuff – with my kids and people that I knew who worked with me or whatever – and kind of change it enough to make it a romantic comedy about an orchestra conductor and a girl he falls for who doesn't speak English. Dorothy was going to play it. And of course when she was killed, that just went away and I didn't have an idea for quite a while to do anything.
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