Despondent because he had to return home to live with his mother after a dry run in the romance and work departments, Richard Dice (Rob Lowe) is thrilled to have something to do when he’s picked to sit on a jury. Unfortunately, the accused is a woman (Colleen Camp) he was enamored with when they were both in elementary school. He can’t imagine her being responsible for the crime, so he takes it upon himself to find the true perpetrator.
The son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis—his father was a Serbian painter and pianist and his mother was descended from a rich Jewish Austrian family—Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in America. He originally was an actor in the 1950s, studying his craft with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and appearing on television and in summer stock. In the early 1960s he achieved notoriety for programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An obsessive cinema-goer, sometimes seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth, Bogdanovich prominently showcased the work of American directors such as John Ford, about whom he subsequently wrote a book based on the notes he had produced for the MOMA retrospective of the director, and the then-underappreciated Howard Hawks. Bogdanovich also brought attention to such forgotten pioneers of American cinema as Allan Dwan.
Bogdanovich was influenced by the French critics of the 1950s who wrote for Cahiers du Cinema… read more