American director Peter Bogdanovich, known for films like “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has passed away. According to his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich, the filmmaker died Thursday morning (local time) at her Los Angeles home, as the “New York Times” and “Hollywood Reporter” reported. His team of speakers confirmed the director’s death. Bogdanovich was 82 years old.
Colleagues reacted with dismay to the news of his death. “He was a close friend and a master of cinema,” director Guillermo del Toro wrote on Twitter. He created “masterpieces”. “I am devastated. He was a wonderful and formidable artist,” Francis Ford Coppola said in a post praising the filmmaker.
In 1971, Bogdanovich brought to the screen a portrait of the American provinces of the 1950s with “The Last Picture Show”. The film with lead actress Cybill Shepherd made him famous in Hollywood. With the comedy “What’s Up Doc”, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and the melancholy road movie “Paper Moon” with young Tatum O’Neal, other hits followed like “They All Laughed” (” They all laughed “, 1981).
Later, Bogdanovich rarely directed feature films. In 2001, he brought Kirsten Dunst in front of the camera for “The Cat’s Meow”. In the comedy “She’s Funny That Way”, he let his stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans and Imogen Poots stumble into all manner of love entanglements. He presented the film at the Venice Film Festival in 2014. Bogdanovich never received an Oscar, but he did receive a Grammy trophy. The director earned it with his musical documentary “Runnin ‘Down a Dream” about the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It won the coveted music award for the achievement of “Best Long Music Video”. (dpa)