Cinema: Playing Taps

AT LONG LAST LOVE Directed and Written by PETER BOGDANOVICH

This Cole Porter coloring book, mounted with great expense and no taste, is one of those grand catastrophes that make audiences either hoot in derisive surprise or look away in embarrassment. Everyone smells blood: people in the movie industry talk disaster, and they do not mean burning office buildings or crippled airplanes; critics move the heavy artillery into place. This may be just the moment, then, if only out of simple charity, to attempt an uneasy truce with Peter Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich's movies (like What's Up,...

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