Cinema: Aimless Bust


Directed and Written by Peter Bogdanovich

Any film of potential consequence begins with a dream, an idea—at least an angle. But the intent of Peter Bogdanovich's new film remains one of the year's more dispiriting mysteries. Perhaps he had in mind a country-music remake of Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night:eight characters play a romantic roundelay during a week in Manhattan. Maybe he wanted to reunite the galvanic stars of Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline: Ben Gazzara and Audrey Hepburn play the most prominent pair of lovers. Or did the director of...

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