The filmmaker was 82 years old and left a great legacy with his black and white works.
Peter Bogdanovich, the acclaimed American director of the new-age Hollywood classic “The Last Movie,” has died at the age of 82, his agent said Thursday.
Bogdanovich began his career as an influential film critic. He took his first steps as a director with 1968’s “Targets,” before contributing to the writing of the script for “The Last Movie,” his ode to 1950s America.
The film, set in a small Texas town facing tough times, drew comparisons to “Citizen Kane.” He earned eight Oscar nominations in 1972, winning two gold statuettes.
“I am devastated. He was a great artist. I will never forget the premiere of ‘The Last Movie,'” director Francis Ford Coppola said in a statement to AFP.”
I remember in the end, the audience stood up and exploded in applause for easily about 15 minutes. May it rest in peace for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever,” he added.
After achieving other accomplishments in the early 1970s, such as Barbra Streisand’s comedy “What’s Up, Doc,” and “Paper Moon,” for which actress Tatum O’Neal won an Oscar at age 10. years, Bogdanovich’s career declined.
In addition to releasing several productions considered failures, such as “Daisy Miller” and “At Long Last Love”, on a personal level he also had ups and downs.
Bogdanovich had an affair with Playboy magazine model Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered by her husband before the director released the production “They All Laughed,” in which he stars for the first time.
He married his half-sister, and went bankrupt, after which he returned from Los Angeles to New York, his hometown, and returned to writing film reviews.
In recent years, Bogdanovich accepted roles on television and film, as the psychiatrist therapist Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” and a DJ in “Kill Bill” by Quentin Tarantino.
Bogdanovich was born in 1939.
His daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, told that medium that the half-century-old filmmaker died today shortly after midnight, of natural causes, at his home in Los Angeles, California, in the United States.
“He was a dear friend and a champion of cinema. He delivered works of art as a director and was a great human being, ” tweeted director Guillermo del Toro.