Acclaimed Hollywood Director to Speak

Acclaimed film director and writer Peter Bogdanovich will speak at Tulane on Jan. 27 in the ongoing series sponsored by the Department of English Creative Writing Fund.

When he speaks on Jan. 27 at Tulane, director Peter Bogdanovich will discuss his bestselling book about legendary film directors.

The event, to be held in Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center, begins at 7 p.m., followed by a reception and booksigning. It is free and open to the public.

The director of the film classics The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon and Texasville, Bogdanovich has earned critical acclaim as a screenwriter, critic, biographer and actor — most recently on The Sopranos, playing psychiatrist Dr. Elliot Kupferberg.

His achievements have been marked by Oscar nominations, film critic awards and a spot on the bestseller list for his book, Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Legendary Film Directors.

His talk at Tulane will be based on this book, a collection of his interviews with 16 legendary film directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Fritz Lang.

In his presentation, Bogdanovich will discuss his adventures from a lifetime of movie-making, illustrated with film clips — his own and those of the directors in his book — as well as with anecdotes brought to life by dead-on impersonations of everyone from Hitchcock to Cary Grant.

Bogdanovich's visit to Tulane also is sponsored in conjunction with the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs, the Duren Professorship Program, the Honors Program and the Department of Communication.