American filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich at the Mostra in Venice, August 29, 2014 GABRIEL BOUYS
American filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, figure of the “New Hollywood” movement and director of “The Last Show”, has died at the age of 82, his agent announced Thursday.
Entering the world of cinema as a critic, Peter Bogdanovich made his directorial debut with “La Cible”, before devoting himself to writing his ode to America in the 1950s, “The Last Session” (1971) .
The film, set in a small town in Texas going through hard times, garnered eight Oscar nominations, winning two statuettes. Some observers have compared it to Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane”.
“I am devastated. He was a great and wonderful artist. I will never forget the premiere of + The Last Screening”, reacted star director Francis Ford Coppola.
“I remember the end (of the screening), the audience stood up all around me to applaud for at least 15 minutes … May they rest in joy for all eternity, savoring the uplifting moment. our applause forever, “the filmmaker added in a statement.
After other hits in the early 1970s, such as “Shall we pack up, doctor?” with Barbra Streisand and “Cotton Candy”, Peter Bogdanovich’s career began to decline, with a series of flops.
The director was also linked with model Dorothy Stratten, killed by her husband shortly before the release of “And Everyone Laughs”, where she appeared on screen alongside Audrey Hepburn.
After marrying Dorothy Stratten’s half-sister and then ruining himself, Peter Bogdanovich left Los Angeles for New York, where he became a film critic again.
Towards the end of his career, he had played in cinema and television, notably playing the shrink of Tony Soprano’s shrink in the series “The Sopranos”, or a DJ in “Kill Bill” by Quentin Tarantino.
He was born in 1939 in Kingston, New York. The causes of his death have not been specified.
“He was a dear friend and a herald of cinema,” tweeted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, greeting someone who “made masterpieces” and was “very outgoing”.