One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdanovich and the Icons of Cinema

One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdanovich and the Icons of Cinema

When iconic director, actor, critic and historian Peter Bogdanovich was getting his start in the movie business, he had the opportunity to interview some of the greatest directors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, including Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and John Ford. In the process, he accumulated a treasure trove of conversations with masters of cinema. Near the end of his own storied career, and what would turn out to be the end of his life, Bogdanovich decided to take his career full circle and began to interview his favorite contemporary directors about their heroes from the past. Bogdanovich passed away before this project could be completed. His ex-wife Louise Stratten stepped in to serve as narrator and co-host, with three-time Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro filling in as host for the final three episodes. One Handshake Away is a collection of unprecedented longform conversations with some of the most acclaimed directors working today. Quentin Tarantino, Ken Burns, Greta Gerwig and others pay homage to the influence of the directorial legends of the past, bringing listeners One Handshake Away from the icons of Hollywood's past and present.


February 1, 2024 4 mins
Before he passed away, iconic filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich began working on a podcast that he lovingly called One Handshake Away. In doing so, Bogdanovich sat down for intimate conversations with his favorite contemporary directors - some of the biggest names in show business, including Guillermo Del Toro, Rian Johnson, Greta Gerwig, and Allison Anders - to discuss the greats from Hollywood’s Golden Age and revisit never-before-hear...
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Peter Bogdanovich sits down with his friend and fellow director, Guillermo del Toro, for a conversation about the life and career of "the master of suspense", Alfred Hitchock. This uniquely in-depth, candid and personal discussion features never-before-heard audio from interviews that Bogdanovich conducted with Hitchcock in the 1960s. Please follow this link for a transcript to this episode: To l...
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February 7, 2024 55 mins
Quentin Tarantino and Peter Bogdanovich are kindred spirits in their obsession with cinema, which comes across in their conversation about one of the preeminent genre filmmakers in Hollywood history, Don Siegel. Tarantino dissects his favorite selections from Siegel's filmography and Bogdanovich shares anecdotes and audio from his interviews with Siegel in the 1970s.  Please follow this link for a transcript to this episode: https:...
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February 14, 2024 48 mins
The legendary Orson Welles was a genius of filmmaking. He was also a mentor and father figure to Peter Bogdanovich, who interviewed Welles many times over the course of his life. Bogdanovich sits down with Rian Johnson for a conversation about the life and career of the iconic Orson Welles, along with stories and insights into their complicated personal relationship.  Please follow this link for a transcript to this episode: https:...
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February 21, 2024 52 mins
Peter Bogdanovich sits down with the iconic American documentarian, Ken Burns, to discuss the work of John Ford. Interwoven with never-before-heard tapes, Burns discusses how Ford was instrumental in shaping his sense of cinema and storytelling, even if Ford's work is based in legend, while Burns' is based in fact. Please follow this link for a transcript to this episode: To learn more about liste...
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February 28, 2024 62 mins
After Peter Bogdanovich passed away, Guillermo del Toro felt compelled to help the late director finish his final project. In this episode, del Toro interviews Greta Gerwig about Howard Hawks, a director who's modern style and sensibility was very influential to Gerwig as a filmmaker.  Please follow this link for a transcript of this episode: To learn more about listener data and our privacy pract...
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March 6, 2024 47 mins
Julie Delpy and Guillermo del Toro discuss the visionary filmmaker Fritz Lang, from his groundbreaking career in the German film industry, where he made films like Metropolis and M, to his lesser known but vital work as a director in Hollywood.  Please follow this link for a transcript of this episode: To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit:
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March 13, 2024 48 mins
Filmmakers Allison Anders and Guillermo Del Toro come from the same group of young independent filmmakers and share the opinion that a good director needs to live a full life. Guillermo and Allison are gathered to speak about the life and work of Raoul Walsh, the itinerant one-eyed director who discovered John Wayne, shot a film on the battlefields of the Mexican Revolution, and was arrested by the French government while filming i...
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March 20, 2024 43 mins
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach wanted to sit down with Peter Bogdanovich and talk about movies with him for his podcast, but he passed away before they got the chance, and so they decided to have a conversation with each other, about Peter, and his contributions to the art and craft of cinema.  Please follow this link for a transcript of this episode: To learn more about listener data and our p...
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