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Director Peter Bogdanovich at the 2014 Venice Film Festival | Photo: EFE
Director of “The Last Movie Session” (1971) and “Paper Moon” (1973), the filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich died this Thursday (6), at the age of 82, of natural causes. The information was confirmed by his daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, to the site of the magazine “The Hollywood Reporter”. Born in New York, he died at his home in Los Angeles.
Member of the generation of directors who rose to fame in the 1970s, consisting of Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian De Palma – responsible for the “resurrection” of cinema in that decade – Bogdanovich was the son of Serbian immigrants who fled Nazism and, in addition to being an actor and director, he was also a relevant researcher and historian of American cinema. He was an expert on the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.
At 31, he achieved success with audiences and critics with “The Last Movie Session”, a film that tells the story of a small abandoned town in the interior of Texas. The film was nominated for eight Oscars. Next came “That Little One Stops” (1972), a comedy starring Barbra Streisand, and “Paper Moon”, starring father-daughter duo Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. Ten-year-old Tatum would become the youngest actress to win an Oscar in a supporting role. In the 1980s, the director made one of the last performances of Audrey Hepburn in “Much Laughter and Much Joy” and directed “Marks of Destiny”, the feature film which won Cher the award. best actress in Cannes.
As an actor, Boddanovich appeared in the series “The Sopranos Family” (2000-2007), where he played a therapist, and made an appearance in “It – Chapter 2” in 2019. His latest film behind the camera was “A Love to Every Corner,” released in 2014, which featured Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.