“[Peter Bogdanovich] knows practically everything about the movies…this book is among the richest (and most delightful) ever written about Hollywood. Deeply elegiac.”
–Ben Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly
“An invaluable archive of a nearly lost cinematic world that director-actor Bogdanovich has himself intimately inhabited for some 50 years.”
–Alan Moores, Booklist
“[Bogdanovich] treats his subjects with sympathy throughout. What comes through is Bogdanovich’s abiding love of cinema…”
“Those who like classic movies will fall in love with this book…[and] find themselves wishing for more.”
“Just as he did with Who the Devil Made It?,
Peter Bogdanovich is keeping history alive with Who the Hell’s In It?
He was there at the crossroads, between the Old and New Hollywoods, as an actor, then as a repertory programmer, a critic, a director, and a confidante. And always as a fan, whose love for movies has only increased over the years. There are so many wonderful memories contained in these pages, so many lovingly rendered details, so many engrossing stories. And somehow, all of the actors and actresses here, from Brando to Clift, from John Wayne to John Cassavetes, seem at once human and larger than life. Who the Hell’s In It?
“What a treat this book is. Funny, intimate, thoughtful, surprising. And one helluva read. The conversations and opinions contained here are as informative as they are refreshing . . . These are the true legends who earned the title legitimately. With this book, their alchemy is preserved for posterity.”
“A completely unique, moving book full of Bogdanovich’s well-known expertise and limitless affection for anyone and anything to do with good movies.”
“A wonderful book, both personal and partisan, by a true enthusiast and an insider, who is not only one of the great chroniclers of the movies but one of its most gifted practitioners.”
“Peter Bogdanovich has elicited the humanity and personality behind the Personality that became the essential building block of stardom. Why was Marion Morrison John Wayne? The book gives us many insights–but never on the level of gossip or psychiatry. And to hear actors such as these, legends and monuments most of them, discuss their craft, their workmanship, very simply their job
–you never see that.”
“ If you love movies, I bet you’ll love this book.”
From the Hardcover edition.
Peter Bogdanovich, is the author of thirteen books, including Who the Devil Made It
, as well as This Is Orson Welles
, The Cinema of Howard Hawks
and John Ford
. Bogdanovich has directed such plays as The Big Knife
, Camino Real
and Once in a Lifetime
. His films include Targets, The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon
and They All Laughed
. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times
and the New York Observer
.From the Hardcover edition.