Turner Classic Movies: 3 By Bogdanovich. Paper Moon w/ Ryan & Tatum O’Neal, What’s Up Doc w/ Barbra Streisand, The Last Picture Show w/ Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, and more

Written by: Tami Goveia – April 27th, 2020 7:27pm pst

Classic Film Corner – Cozy up with these Hollywood Classics airing on TCM in April

The Plot Thickens: I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich 

Premiering April 28th with host Ben Mankiewicz

This is TCM’s first season of its new documentary podcast and there’s no better way to kick things off than with the brilliant and often controversial director, Peter Bogdanovich. 

April on TCM spotlighted some of my favorite films of his: 

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Paper Moon, 1973 starring Ryan O’Neal and his 9 year old daughter, Tatum O’Neal (who was the youngest Oscar nominated actress AND winner)  

Synopsis: A fraudulent bible salesman reluctantly adopts a tough little girl who could be his daughter. 

What’s up Doc 1972 starring Barbra Streisand (who looks absolutely stunning and is funny as hell) and again, Ryan O’Neal, showing a very different and just as hilarious side of his talents. And the undeniable star-making introduction of the staggeringly talented Madeline Kahn…well there are no further words necessary. This was a cast of pure magic. 

Synopsis: The accidental mix up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Because I’ve seen these films I can highly recommend both, which are endearing, funny, heartwarming, and great escapes. 

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🎬The Last Picture Show (1971) Director: Peter Bogdanovich Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager… The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor, and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress, with Johnson and Leachman winning. In 1998 the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. #cybillshepherd #jacyfarrow #70s #1971 #model #actress #hollywoodactress #singer #moviestar #hollywoodstar #icon #legend #peterbogdanovich #jeffbridges #timothybottoms #benjohnson #clorisleachman #ellenburstyn #eileenbrennan #thelastpictureshow #nationalfilmregistry #drama #film #films #cinema #movie #movies #hollywood #columbiapictures #movieposter

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The Last Picture Show 1971 I hadn’t seen this film starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burnstyn, and a host of other stellar actors and performers. Beautifully shot in black and white, this film left me sad but in a Classic Hollywood good kind of way. It’s wonderfully crafted and worth the tissues that might be spent on it.

Synopsis: Changing times take their toll on high schoolers growing up in a small Western town.

With 3 of the 5 recommendations spotlighting Peter Bogdanovich, let’s look at some other films that are winning considerations:

TCM’s New York in the 70’s/25 movies Thursdays in April has been EVERYTHING. There’s such a magnificent personal stamp and style by the directors of this time like Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich et al that were free from Big Studio edicts. TCM spotlighted films like Dog Day Afternoon, Manhattan, Klute, and Network, a film I’m personally obsessed with, along with the performances by William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch. Follow the link above and pick your flavor.

I recently watched Claudine for the first time starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones and thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic and raw performances from these two legends. I echo Ben Mankiewicz’s thoughts,  that Claudine is highly underrated and worth a watch.  

Synopsis: A single mother falls for a garbage collector who’s not sure he’s ready to raise six children.

Lots to choose from so please take a deep dive into the beautiful waters of Classic Film. 


About The Author:

Tami Goveia is a producer, writer and entertainment host for AfterbuzzTV. Classic film and television are her passion, napping is her indulgence and saving all rescues is her mission.

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