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Director Peter Bogdanovich at the Venice Film Festival in 2014 | Photo: EFE
Director of “The Last Film Session” (1971) and “The 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”. Originally from New York, he died at his home in Los Angeles.
A member of the generation of directors who rose to fame in the 1970s, made up of Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian De Palma – responsible for the “resurrection” of cinema in this decade – Bogdanovich was the son of Serbian immigrants they fled from 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 in the works of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.
At 31, he found success with audiences and critics with “The Last Movie Show”, 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 is a Parade” (1972), a comedy starring Barbra Streisand, and “Paper Moon” with 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 “Marcas do Destino”, the feature film which won Cher the award. best actress in Cannes.
As an actor, Boddanovich appeared in the series “Soprano Family” (2000-2007), where he gave birth to a therapist, and made an appearance in “It – Chapter 2” in 2019. His latest film behind the camera was “Um Amor a Every Corner,” released in 2014, which featured Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.