Wednesday, September 29, 2010

RIP: Arthur Penn

These things do tend to come in multiples; so, unfortunately I have another death to report this morning.

Arthur Penn, celebrated film, stage, and television director of game changing 1967 film Bonnie & Clyde, passed away Tuesday evening, a mere day after his 88th birthday.

The New York Times has, of course, already summarized Penn's impact best with this remark:

“Arthur Penn brought the sensibility of ’60s European art films to American movies,” the writer-director Paul Schrader said. “He paved the way for the new generation of American directors who came out of film schools.”  [NYTimes]
It might be time to watch Bonnie & Clyde again in his honor.

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