This week, Sam sits down with renowned writer, director, and former film critic, Peter Bogdanovich. They discuss the fragmentation of the old Hollywood studio system (06:17), Peter’s pivot from journalism to filmmaking (09:35), his tumultuous experience making The Last Picture Show (17:44), the origin of the title Paper Moon (26:15), navigating success and public envy (29:35), how he endured the tragedy of Dorothy Stratten (37:45), rediscovering his filmmaking roots in the ’80s (44:05), his ongoing relationship with Orson Welles (49:12), becoming “Pop” to Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (54:13), reflecting on lessons from the greats (01:01:35) and, finally, what he still wants to do at 80 (01:03:22).
- Paper Moon, What’s Up Doc, and more of Peter Bogdanovich’s unequivocal films are available to stream on Prime Video.
- Throughout the years, Bogdanovich has published many books, mostly Film-related, all available here.
- Read this recent article in BFI for an additional take on Bogdanovich’s work.