30 Sep 2010

Death of movie director

9:04 am on 30 September 2010

US director Arthur Penn, best known for making Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man has died at his home in Manhattan, a day after his 88th birthday.

Penn made his name directing the Tony-award winning Broadway shows such as The Miracle Worker and All the Way Home.

He began to carve out a career in film in the 1960s and will mostly be remembered for the hit movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

Based on the true story of two outlaws of the 1930s - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - the film starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Although it initially flopped, it was re-released in 1968.

The BBC reports critics and fans were divided over its violent content.

It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best director. Estelle Parsons won the prize for best supporting actress.

In a documentary called A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, Penn later commented on the level of violence that he included in the film.

"I thought that if were going to show this, we should show it," he said.

"We should show what it looks like when somebody gets shot," he added.

Penn's other films included his adaptation of The Miracle Worker, which featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Anne Bancroft.

He also made The Missouri Breaks, starring Marlon Brando and Night Moves with Gene Hackman.