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Peter Bogdanovich: The Last Picture Show director dies aged 82

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich, the US film director known for films such The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon has died aged 82, his agent confirmed on Thursday.

The New Yorker’s work became synonymous with the New Hollywood of the 1970s.

His coming-of-age drama, 1971’s The Last Picture Show, which he also co-wrote, earned him eight Oscar nominations including best director.


The film, set in a Texas town, had an ensemble cast of rising stars including Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd.

In 2014, he returned with his first movie in 13 years. She’s Funny that Way, starring Owen Wilson and Imogen Poots, was “a celebration of old Hollywood”, wrote BBC Culture’s Nicholas Barber at the time.

Bogdanovich is survived by his two children.

Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather, released a statement to Deadline to say he was “devastated” by the news.

“May he sleep in bliss for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever”, he said.

Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, tweeted: “He was a dear friend and a champion of Cinema… He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation.”

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