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Peter Bogdanovich, ascot-clad film buff and director of 1970s black-and-white classics like “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has died

Peter Bogdanovich, the ascot-clad moviegoer and director of 1970s black-and-white classics like “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has passed away. He was 82 years old.

Bogdanovich died early Thursday morning at the Los Angeles home, his daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said. She said he died of natural causes

Considered to be part of a generation of young “New Hollywood” directors, Bogdanovich was introduced as an author early on, with the spooky lone shooter “Targets” and soon after “The Last Picture Show,” of 1971. , his evocative portrayal of a dying small town that won eight Oscar nominations, won two (for Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman) and catapulted him to stardom at the age of 32. It followed up “The Last Picture Show” with the wacky comedy “What’s Up, Doc ?,” starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, then the Depression-era road trip film “Paper Moon,” which starred also won 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal an Oscar.

His eventful personal life was also often in the spotlight, from his well-known affair with Cybill Shepherd which began during the directing of “The Last Picture Show” while he was married to his close associate, Polly Platt, to the murder. of his Playmate. girlfriend Dorothy Stratten and his subsequent marriage to his younger sister, Louise, who was 29 years younger than him.

The reactions were swift to the news of his death.

“Oh my God, a shock. I am devastated. He was a wonderful and awesome artist, ”Francis Ford Coppola said in an email. “I will never forget attending a premiere of ‘The Last Picture Show. I remember at the end the audience leapt all around me clapping easily for 15 minutes. I will never forget even if I did. I felt that I myself had never felt such a reaction, that Peter and his film deserved it, that he sleep in happiness for all eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever.

Guillermo del Toro tweeted: “He was a dear friend and a champion of cinema. He gave birth to masterpieces as a director and was a most brilliant human. On his own, he has interviewed and dedicated the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else of his generation.

Born in Kingston, New York in 1939, Bogdanovich began as a journalist and film critic, working as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art, where, through a series of retrospectives, he was loved by a host of old guard filmmakers, including Orson Welles. , Howard Hawks and John Ford. But his education in Hollywood began earlier than that: his father took him when he was 5 to see Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films at the Museum of Modern Art. He would later make his own documentary on Keaton, “The Great Buster”, which was released in 2018.

Peter Bogdanovich, director of “Paper Moon”, deceased at 82

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