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Peter Bogdanovich, director of “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has died at the age of 82

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Peter Bogdanovich, director of “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has died at the age of 82

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Peter Bogdanovich, the Hollywood filmmaker who transformed his youthful obsession with American cinema and his formative experience as a magazine critic into a career directing 1970s classics such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon” , died Thursday.

He was 82 years old.

Bogdanovich died of natural causes just before 1 a.m. Thursday, according to his daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich.

“We would like to ask for our privacy as we mourn the death of our loved one, our precious man,” she said in a statement.

In his heyday, Bogdanovich was considered a film prodigy, celebrated for his technical mastery and encyclopedic knowledge of film history. He defended and imitated classical genres and forms.

In his twenties, he produced monographs on Golden Age authors such as Orson Welles and Howard Hawks. He was only 32 when his third feature film, the melancholy coming-of-age portrayal “The Last Picture Show”, dazzled critics and garnered eight Oscar nominations.

He rose to prominence nationally during the ‘New Hollywood’ wave of the late 1960s and 1970s, a time when young, iconoclastic directors secured the keys to the proverbial kingdom.

Bogdanovich’s career has been a roller coaster. He followed “The Last Picture Show” with two warm hits: the viste pastiche “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972) and the father-daughter drama “Paper Moon” (1973).

But these consecutive successes were followed by a series of commercial failures that tarnished its reputation, including the literary adaptation “Daisy Miller” (1974). His filmography has at times been overshadowed by one of the defining tragedies of his life.

In the summer of 1980, Bogdanovich’s girlfriend, model and actor Dorothy Stratten was murdered by her ex-husband. The murder led Bogdanovich to take a four-year hiatus from directing and shadowed the rest of his life.

Over the past decades, Bogdanovich has made films only intermittently, and hardly ever with the same commercial visibility or critical acclaim of his early works. But he has remained a cult figure among moviegoers, revered as the country’s unofficial chief film teacher.

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Diane dasrath contributed.

Peter Bogdanovich, director of “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has died at the age of 82

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