Arthur Penn Dies At 88
The three times Oscar nominated and Tony award winner movie director, Arthur Penn died on Tuesday, September 28. He was 88 years old and his death occurred the next day after celebrating his birthday.
It seems that the movie director suffered a heart failure while being at home in New York City, his daughter said according to the Washington Post.
Arthur Penn is a famous movie producer, but he is probably best known for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde,” released in 1967, although he won a Tony award for “The Miracle Worker.” The movie director was three times nominated at the Academy Awards, but still he became best known for “Bonnie and Clyde” because the movie represented a new turn in Hollywood productions when it comes to the way this film shaped graphic violence.
Arthur Penn made his television debut in the 1950s and his first directorial project was “The Left Handed Gun,” a western released in 1958. But, after that, Penn continued directing many other movies including “The Miracle Worker,” “The Chase,” “Mickey One,” “Alice’s Restaurant,” “Little Big Man,” “Night Moves,” “The Missouri Breaks” and “Four Friends.” And although he managed to create a good impression with all his movie projects the change came with “Bonnie and Clyde” movie that made him extremely famous and appreciated, along the two main actors of the production, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
“Had he only directed ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ he’d be a director of note,” a movie critic, Leonard Maltin told The Times in 2009. “But that was simply the most successful of these highly individual, often idiosyncratic, films that he made in his heyday,” he added. And the legacy that Arthur Penn left behind will never die. “I think you should judge directors by their best work,” Peter Rainer, another film critic told The Times in 2009, “and I think ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ is one of the very best American movies and is really sort of the opening salvo for a whole generation of American directors who were breaking boundaries and finding their own way.”
But, still the movie ending was the one that remained in the films’ history. The famous ending when Bonnie and Clyde die is actually considered one of the greatest moments of all times when it comes to movie. This was an ending that people weren’t used to see in movies. It was a graphically violent ending, shot with four cameras running at different speeds. “I was reluctant to say ‘yes’ to doing ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ because I wanted an ending that was simply not just violent,” Penn said in an interview. And now, more than 40 years later “Bonnie and Clyde” is still a popular movie, if not actually a legend.
But, besides “Bonnie and Clyde,” movie that had an incredible success and the best reviews, Arthur Penn also directed “The Miracle Worker,” a story of a teacher’s efforts to teach a blind and deaf child. The 1959 Broadway production meant for the movie director a Tony Award for himself, but also one for best play and best actress in a play. The same production, but this time a film version brought the talented director his first Oscar nomination in 1962. With “Bonnie and Clyde” Penn was at his second Oscar nomination, while the third one came with “Alice’s Restaurant,” in 1969.
Arthur Penn was born in Philadelphia on September 27 1922. He joined the army during the World War II and after that experience he met Fred Coe, a producer and director of live TV dramas, who will help Penn produce his first movies. Arthur Penn got married in 1956 to actress Peggy Maurer. The couple has two children Matthew and Molly.11