Tim O'Kelly in Targets (1968)
Tim O'Kelly in Targets (1968)
Targets (1968)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Peter Bogdanovich | United States | 1968 | M

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Wed 21 Jun 2023

Bogdanovich’s directorial debut is an unconventional horror film starring Boris Karloff as an ageing actor tired of playing ghoulish roles. Loosely based on the 1966 Charles Whitman murder spree, it cleverly explores the ethics of violence by counterposing Karloff’s screen monster against the young sociopath. Bogdanovich also makes an appearance as a director working for a hack producer (paralleling his relationship with Roger Corman), who, at one point, watches Hawks’ The Criminal Code – featuring a psychopathic Karloff – on TV! This moody critique of American society is brilliantly shot by László Kovács.

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 90 mins

Event duration

90 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Born in upstate New York to immigrants who had fled the Nazis, Peter Bogdanovich (1939–2022) will always be remembered as the notable American auteur who took the French path from criticism to filmmaking...

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