Targets (w/ director Peter Bogdanovich in person)

This event will take place at The Silent Movie Theater, located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Regarded as one of the 70s most celebrated auteurs, it’s easy to forget that Peter Bogdanovich made his bones on the midnight movie circuit with the Roger Corman produced Targets. Keying into the high-profile political shootings of the 1960s (though shot before MLK and Robert Kennedy were killed) as well as the Charles Whitman clock tower killing spree, Bogdanovich – who also plays a small role – deftly weaves parallel narratives; one a thriller involving a clean-cut but unstable Vietnam vet, the other a drama concerning an elderly 1930s horror star (Boris Karloff in a meta role) struggling to find his place in late 60s Hollywood. Smartly co-written by his at-the-time partner Polly Platt and shot by the inimitable Laszlo Kovacs, Targets shows incredible assurance for a first time director, proving that Bogdanovich’s years as a critic and student of cinema were merely a precursor to the awakening of a major talent. Too challenging for general audiences upon release, Targets’ prescient subject matter found resonance with counter-culturally minded movie fans, who, still reeling from the assassinations of their heroes, granted it a second life as a surprise midnight movie hit.

Dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1968, 35mm, 90 min.

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