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New Hollywood mainstay director Peter Bogdanovich dies

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The director and actor is dead of natural causes early Thursday morning at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said.

Coming from the generation of young film directors of the movement called New Hollywood – which included Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma -, Peter Bogdanovich was identified from the start of his career as making author cinema.

Compared to Orson Welles

His first feature film, with a starving budget, was released in 1968. Target (Targets), an intellectual thriller about gun violence in American society, has received critical acclaim. The director did it again in 1971 with The last session, an evocative portrait of a dying small town that landed eight Oscar nominations and catapulted it to stardom.

Some observers have compared this film to Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Citizen Kane.

He then directed, in 1972, a wacky comedy, Shall we pack our bags, doctor? (What’s Up, Doc?) with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, then a road movie set in the great depression, Cotton candy, for which actress Tatum O’Neal won an Oscar in 1974, at the age of 10.

Also an actor, he notably played in the series The Sopranos, where he played the psychoanalyst that Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist occasionally consults.

Mediated romantic relationships

Peter Bogdanovich’s eventful personal life has also often made headlines, starting with his well-known affair with actress Cybill Shepherd, which began on the set of The last session, while he was still married to his close collaborator, Polly Platt.

The director was also linked with the model Dorothy Stratten, killed by her husband shortly before the release, in 1981, of the film. And everyone was laughing (They All Laughed), where she appeared onscreen alongside Audrey Hepburn.

Born in New York State to a Serbian father and an Austrian mother, Peter Bogdanovich began his career as a journalist and film critic. He then worked as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) where, through a series of retrospectives, he had won the sympathy of many living legends of American cinema, including Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and John Ford.

A herald of cinema

Two men pose side by side for photographers at a gala.

Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich in 2016

Photo: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer

The last session“,” text “:” I am devastated. He was a great and wonderful artist. I’ll never forget the premiere of The Last Show “}}”>I am devastated. He was a great and wonderful artist. I will never forget the premiere of The last session, reacted Francis Ford Coppola, director of the trilogy The Godfather.

15 minutes … May he rest in joy for eternity, savoring the uplifting moment of our forever applause “,” text “:” I remember the end (of the screening), the audience s’ is raised all around me to applaud for at least 15 minutes … May he rest in joy for all eternity, savoring the uplifting moment of our forever applause “}}”>I remember the end (of the screening), the audience had risen all around me to applaud for at least 15 minutes … May they rest in joy for eternity, savoring the exhilarating moment of our applause forever, added the filmmaker in a press release.

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He was a dear friend and a herald of the cinema, tweeted for his part the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), greeting someone who made masterpieces and who was, moreover, very pleasant.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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