Arthur Penn, director of the American film classic Bonnie and Clyde, died Tuesday night, one day after his 88th birthday, according to an AP report.
‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Director Arthur Penn Dies at 88
Penn’s daughter, Molly Penn, said her father died at his home, in Manhattan, of congestive heart failure, according to the AP report.
Although probably best-known as the director of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, Penn put together a critically acclaimed body of work though the upheaval-laden decades of the 1960s and 70s. His feature debut was a western, entitled The Left Handed Gun, which came out in 1958.
Throughout a career that had roots in the French New Wave film movement, Penn directed 14 features.
However, none was more popular than the counter-culture sensation starring Warren Beatty. Bonnie and Clyde, a gangster story that stretched the time-honored boundaries for what represented acceptable violence, was a worldwide hit. The film garnered Penn a Best Director Oscar nomination, one of three in his career.