Peter Bogdanovich


January 27, 2022

Peter Bogdanovich (July 30, 1939 - January 6, 2022) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, critic and historian of Serbian origin. He belonged to the generation of "Hollywood's new wave" or "new Hollywood", which includes William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino, Francis Ford Coppola and others. Bogdanovic 's most praised and most successful film is The Last Cinema from 1971.


He was born in Kingston, New York, in the family of Serbian painter and pianist Borislav Bogdanović and Austrian Jew Herma Robinson. Peter's parents came to America in May 1939, fleeing the war in Europe. Since his parents did not speak English, little Peter had the task of teaching them, and the most efficient way was to go to the cinema, where he translated the film's plot for them. As a young man, he was obsessed with cinema, so he used to watch four hundred movies a year. In 1950, he directed Clifford Odets' play The Big Knife. From 1954 to 1958, he attended acting courses with Stella Adler at Stella Adler's Theater Studio. At that time, he acted at various theater festivals.

Film critic

In the 1960s, he became known in New York art circles as the editor of the film program of the Museum of Contemporary Art. He saved the pioneers of American cinema, such as Alan Dwon, from oblivion. He especially analyzed the films of Orson Welles (he wrote the book The Film Work of Orson Welles) and John Ford (in the book My Name Is John Ford. I Make Westerns). He was influenced by French filmmakers and film critics (especially Francois Trifo) gathered around Cahiers du Cinéma. Before his career as a director, he wrote for the magazine Esquire for a while. In 1973, Bogdanović published articles from the Esquire in the book Pieces of Time. Moving to Los Angeles and Roger Corman Bogdanovic decided to direct under the influence of French new wave players Francois Trifo, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Eric Romero. He moved to Los Angeles with his then-wife Polly Platt, where he met Roger Corman at a cinema screening. During the conversation, Corman mentioned that he liked the column about the film he edits for Esquire magazine and offered him

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