American director and screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar-nominated for “The Last Show”, whose career includes hits like “But Daddy Sends You Alone?” and “Paper Moon”, died today at the age of 82 of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. The announcement of the disappearance was given by his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich to “The Hollywood Reporter”. Coming to directing after an intense activity as a critic, already in the film that made him famous, “The last picture show” (The last show, 1971), Bogdanovich re-proposed modules of a period cinema, in which the nostalgia of the past (and therefore of the lost) was filtered through his knowledge of Hollywood history. The black-and-white drama set in a small town in Texas garnered eight Oscar nominations – including director and screenplay (shared with Larry McMurtry) for him – and Best Supporting Actors statuettes for Cloris Leachman and Ben. Johnson.This somewhat nostalgic love prompted him to remake classic genres of American cinema: the comedy “Is Daddy sending you alone?” (1972) with Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand; the silent Hollywood cinema of “Old America” (1976) with O’Neal, Burt Reynolds and Tatum O’Neal. The director then tried to give the portrait of two characters a social allusiveness as in “Paper moon” (1973), with black and white photography by László Kovács and as protagonists Ryan and Tatum O’Neal , father and daughter in life. The very young actress won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. After shooting a famous novel by Henry James with “Daisy Miller” (1974), maintaining a difficult balance between cultured originality and consumer cinema, Peter Bogdanovich then directed ” Love finally came “(1975),” Saint Jack “(1979),” … and they all laughed “(1981),” Behind the Mask “(1985),” Illegally yours “(1988),” Texasville ” (1990), “Noise Off Stage” (1992), “That Thing Called Love” (1993) “Hollywood Confidential” (2001) and “Anything Can Happen on Broadway” (2014).
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