Arthur Penn (1922-2010)

Posted by · 9:23 am · September 29th, 2010

I had a bad feeling that after Gloria Stuart and Sally Menke we were bound to get a third (as it always happens), and so we have.  Arthur Penn has passed away a day after his 88th birthday.  He’s obviously best known for helming 1968’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” which changed the face of American cinema at a time captured brilliantly in Mark Harris’s “Pictures at a Revolution,” but there were other gems along the way like “Mickey One,” “Little Big Man” and “The Missouri Breaks.” Not to mention trailblazing work on the small screen (specifically during the 1960 presidential debates) and on the stage.  He will be missed.

After the break, John F. Kennedy’s closing statements from the October 21, 1960 presidential debate, which Penn directed.

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  • 1 9-29-2010 at 9:42 am

    Graysmith said...

    Rest in peace.

    First Dennis Hopper and now Arthur Penn, this year we’ve lost two of the major key players in turning Hollywood on its head in the late 60s. Makes me wish the Oscars will do some special tribute to these films and filmmakers that so greatly revolutionized American film.

  • 2 9-29-2010 at 10:42 am

    Dominik said...

    I liked many movies of him, but my favourite will always be “The Miracle Worker”, “Bonnie & Clyde” and “Alice´s Restaurant” close behind.

  • 3 9-29-2010 at 12:31 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Wow, this is sad news indeed. “Bonnie & Clyde” will always be in my mind. Also, that Kennedy video was very good.

  • 4 9-29-2010 at 1:33 pm

    Andrew F said...

    I am just completely and utterly devastated right now. “Bonnie and Clyde” is one of my all-time favourites, and pretty much convinced me to go into film studies.

    I would have loved to meet him — now I’ll never get that chance.

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