Peter Bogdanovich's "At Long Last Love" May 19, 2012 7:02 PMSubscribe
I got an e-mail from a friend asking if I wanted to attend a screening on the Fox lot of Peter Bogdanovich's original cut ofAt Long Last Love. And the answer in a case like should always be yes. For me, then, since alienation and imperfection are the subjects of the film, they're also the guiding principles behind Bogdanovich's formal decisions. [mild spoiler] I see many of the attributes of the style that other critics describe as inept or unprofessional as Bogdanovich's commentary on the characters' incompatibility in a world defined by shallow surfaces.
Never released on home video, At Long Last Love is well-known for being one of the only films so disastrous that its director resolved to publish a "letter of apology" in newspapers across the country shortly after the film's release. The actual letter, it turns out, is even stranger than any of the Internet rumors about it.
Those wanting more of Shepherd's interpretations of this repetoire are directed to the 1974 album Cybill Does It... to Cole Porter - of which Robert Christgau noted: Since Cole didn't like to . . . do it with (or "to") women very much, maybe the "do" is as hostile as it sounds.