Thursday, September 30, 2010

R.I. P. to the highly underrated Arthur Penn

Acclaimed director Arthur Penn has passed away. He was a 3 time Oscar nominee ( The Miracle Worker, Bonnie and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant ) but never won the coveted award.
He got his start directing TV shows mostly episodes on Playhouse 90, The Gulf and Goodyear playhouse series.

He directed some other fine films that didn't garner award worthiness, but good all the same including The Left Handed Gun with Paul Newman, Little Big Man, Mickey One, The Chase, Night Moves, The Missouri Breaks with Brando and Nicholson and also Dead Of Winter.
I always felt that the Academy should have given him an honorary Oscar.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !