The director of “The Last Movie Session” (1971) and “Paper Moon” (1973), Peter Bogdanovich, has died at the age of 82. According to his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich, the director died due to natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.
In 1972, he was nominated for two Oscars: best director and best screenplay for “The Last Movie Session.” The production was described as “the most impressive work by a young American director since ‘Citizen Kane'” by the American magazine “Newsweek” at the time.
Among his other notable pictures are “In the Sight of Death” (1968) and “The Tattooed” (1979). Along with Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, and others, he was part of a group of directors that reinvented Hollywood in the 1970s.
Peter was an outstanding researcher and historian of American cinema, diving into the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and others. He was the son of European immigrants who escaped to New York from Nazism.
After a string of failures as a director, he saw a resurgence of fame at the turn of the century when he was cast as analyst Elliot Kupferberg in the HBO series “The Sopranos.”
“A Love Around Every Corner” (2014) and “The Great Buster” (2018), a documentary on the renowned Buster Keaton, are two of his most recent works.