James Bridges was a reclusive and respected film director best known for such seminal films as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy. Bridges rarely gave interviews over his lengthy career, but he did share a productive artistic relationship with his life partner of 35 years, Jack Larson. Larson is a revered writer in his own right, having turned to writing for the stage and screen after getting his start in show business playing the youthful photographer and reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series The Adventures of Superman. A new book on Bridges’ life, The Films of James Bridges, serves as a touchstone for Larson’s recollections of his partner’s life and work. What are your favorite James Bridges films? How does film provide an artistic voice for reclusive directors and performers?
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