In Nashville, there are 10,000 singer-songwriters chasing success… with one chance in a million of getting it. For Miranda “no relation to Elvis” Presley (Samantha Mathis), that’s one chance worth taking. Fresh from New York City, Miranda befriends three fellow hopefuls: shy Connecticut cowboy Kyle Davidson (Dermot Mulroney); Southern belle Linda Lue Linden (Sandra Bullock); and James Wright (River Phoenix), a cocky Texan with brooding good looks and a honeyed voice. Together they begin a rocky ride down Music City’s well-worn highway, finding hope, heartbreak, happiness… and The Thing Called Love. Featuring songs and appearances by country music’s hottest stars, The Thing Called Love will grab you like a great melody. –Paramount
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
Sweet, honest film-making: Bogdanovich's "The Thing Called Love" mixes itself with a mythology that goes way back (the story of two guys fighting over the same girl is the most ancient story ever told) and that is also the mythology of cinema (and that's why the two protagonists watch Ford's "Liberty Valance"). In the end, as in a Lubitsch picture, the passionate trio rides out to face an unknown future. Beautiful.