The great Peter Bogdanovich has died at his Los Angeles home at the age of 82. In a career that included such greats as Targets, The Last Picture Show and What’s Up Doc and Paper Moon, Bogdanovich’s career was the connective tissue between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the New Hollywood of the 1970s.
A force to be reckoned with in his ’70s heyday, Bogdanovich’s later films would include Mask, Noises Off, The Thing Called Love, The Cat’s Meow and She’s Funny That Way. He also directed the acclaimed documentaries Directed by John Ford (1971), the Tom Petty retrospective Runnin’ Down A Dream (2007) and 2018’s The Great Buster: A Celebration.
Born in New York on July 30, 1939, Bogdanovich started out as a film critic where he befriended such icons of cinema as Orson Welles, John Ford and Howard Hawks before launching his own career as a filmmaker. It was this passion for medium which be a key part of the DNA in a lot of his films.
Bogdanovich played a key role in completing Welles’ final film, The Other Side of the Wind. It finally made its debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival – 48 years after filming began and 33 years after Welles’ own death. As an actor, he also appeared in several episodes of the HBO drama, The Sopranos.
Bogdanovich was a man who loved cinema and a filmmaker who made movies the way that he wanted to make them.
Peter Bogdanovich 1939 – 2022