During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. —IMDb
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
Kansas during the Thirties Depression is the setting for this delightful film, beautifully shot in gorgeous monochrome by Kovács. The onscreen chemistry of Ryan and Tatum is a definite asset in the tale of a couple of con artists who may or may not be father and daughter. We follow their adventures on the road and see their relationship blossom in a natural and touching way. Easily one of Bogdanovich's finest films..
A complete pleasure to watch, the stark black and white made the film look amazing which seems to be an agreed nod to the tolls of the depression. The two leads bounced off each other so well and made me laugh and i liked that the film kept warmth in it's centre which reflected a childlike view of the great depression. Just a great film! 4/5
A wonderful piece of entertainment, with a delicate line running from near pathos and sentiment to grit and depth and hanging almost entirely on the ability of a 9 year old untried actress who steals… read review