Hollywood director Arthur Penn dies
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Hollywood director Arthur Penn dies

Hollywood legendary director Arthur Penn, who has made great movies like Bonnie and Clyde and The Miracle Worker, died at the age of 88 at his New York home.

hollywood Updated: Sep 30, 2010 20:15 IST

Arthur Penn, the legendary director best known for directing Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 has died at the age of 88, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Penn died Tuesday night at his New York home, his daughter Molly told the paper.

Penn's work is credited with ushering in a new American film aesthetic, which showed more realistic portrayals of violence rather than the idealized portrayals that had preceded him.

Penn made his first feature film, The Left-Handed Gun, in 1958 after directing numerous live television dramas. He got his first Oscar nomination for The Miracle Worker in 1962, in which Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke both won acting Oscars.

He was nominated again for Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the notorious American bankrobbers. The film's ending, in which the couple dies in a relentless hail of police machine-gun fire, is considered one of the great moments of movie history and ignited a critical hailstorm as its violent finale drew comparisons with the Vietnam War.

Penn's other films included The Chase, Mickey One, Alice's Restaurant, Little Big Man, Night Moves, The Missouri Breaks and Four Friends.

"Had he only directed Bonnie and Clyde, he'd be a director of note," film critic Leonard Maltin told The Times. "But that was simply the most successful of these highly individual, often idiosyncratic films that he made in his heyday."

First Published: Sep 30, 2010 16:09 IST