Cinema: Depression Diorama

PAPER MOON

Directed by PETER BOGDANOVICH Screenplay by ALVIN SARGENT

Peter Bogdanovich is a film maker with talent enough to make anyone regret what he does not do with it. Targets (1968), like most first films, was rough and not fully assimilated, but for all its crudity it had a vigor and invention that Bogdanovich has not approached since. Its long climactic scene, involving a schizophrenic sniper picking off the patrons of a drive-in theater, was made with the kind of virtuosity that promised an audacious new director. With each subsequent film, the memory...

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