|Tatum O'Neal and Ryan O'Neal in Paper Moon|
Addie, "I want my two hundred dollars."Tatum ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (she was the youngest ever to win an Oscar). Bogdonavich apparently consulted with his good friend on a number of things relating to the film, including the title (Welles told him that, "That title is so good, you shouldn't even make the picture, just release the title!") and the overall look of the film (Welles suggested shooting the film in black and white, with a red filter, adding higher contrast to the images, resulting in cinematographer László Kovács gorgeous images.)
Moses, "I don't have your two hundred dollars no more and you know it."
Addie, "If you don't give me my two hundred dollars I'm gonna tell a policeman how you got it and he'll make you give it to me because it's mine."
Moses, "But I don't have it!"
Addie, "Then get it!"
Waitress, [walks over after Moses slams his fist on the table] "How we doin', Angel Pie? We gonna have a little dessert when we finish up our hot dog?"
Addie, "I don't know."
Waitress, "What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?"
Moses, "Her name ain't Precious."
|Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and Cybill Shepherd in The Last Picture Show|
The Last Picture Show, made in 1971, moves slowly, but is fascinating to watch. Bogdonavich co-wrote the screenlay with Larry McMurtry, based on his novel. He also edited the movie, although the credit went to Donn Cambern. The movie won (very deserving) Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Ben Johnson) and Best Supporting Actress (Cloris Leachman). It is sad, and bleak, but hypnotic.
Of course what is best remembered about The Last Picture Show is how Bogdonavich fell in love with then 19 year-old model-turned actress Shepherd and the two embarked on a long affair which resulted in three movies. Daisy Miller (1974) and At Long Last Love (1975), both starring Shepherd, were box-office flops and the two eventually split in 1979.
Bogdonavich has an affection and affinity for the past, and has made many other films that play with film genres, or period drama. But no matter where (or when) the film is set, what he seems most interested in are the people. Some of his best include:
What's Up, Doc? (1972) - A rollicking screwball comedy a la Bringing Up Baby, starring Barbra Steisand and Ryan O'Neal
Mask (1985) - An earnest and touching depiction of a mother's fierce love for her son, starring Cher and Eric Stoltz.
|Samantha Mathis and River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love|
The Cat's Meow (2001) - An amusing "mystery" set around the real-life mysterious death of film mogul Thomas H. Ince (Cary Elwes) on the yacht of multi-millionaire William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann), with most of 1920s Hollywood in attendance. Kirsten Dunst plays Hearst's mistress the actress Marion Davies and Eddie Izzard plays Charlie Chaplin.
|Kirsten Dunst and Eddie Izzard in The Cat's Meow|