The Left Handed Gun (1958)
“The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.
Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”
The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon
Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of Us directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film by Bill Teck reconstructs the grim story of Peter Bogdanovich film They All Laughed, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1981.
Bogdanovich’s film was caught up in a series of distribution problems only to be rediscoveredby directors such as Quentin Tarantino, [link
"As Delphine, the lonely but defiant Paris secretary at the center of Le Rayon Vert, Marie Rivière creates an emotionally rich portrait of a young woman disappointed in love who transfers her energies into an anxious quest for the ideal summer vacation.
In 1958, Newman was arguably at the height of his matinée idol beauty. It was the year he played Billy the Kid in Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun and also impressed as the alcoholic Brick Pollitt in Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Like the formerly mentioned Tennessee Williams play, The Long, Hot Summer is set in Mississippi and features an overbearing patriarch who's obsessed with perpetuating his dynasty.
Burl Ives' Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof did at least have that gaggle of "no-neck monsters" to coo over.
To speak of Arthur Penn is to address the question of what might be termed, somewhat paradoxically, the "post-classical" American cinema. On the one hand Penn belongs with that group of post-World War II directors which came to cinema from the stage and from the early days of television – people like Nicholas Ray, Sam Peckinpah, Franklin Schaffner, Martin Ritt, and Joseph Losey. In that respect Penn is indeed an inheritor of the traditions and forms of the classical Hollywood cinema, the Western (The Left Handed Gun), the biography picture (The Miracle Worker), the ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com
New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis pays tribute to director Arthur Penn, who died recently but whose legacy seems assured among those who treasure classic movies. The article sheds new light on a man whose achievements were often underrated, perhaps due to his shy nature and aversion to personal publicity. From The Left Handed Gun to Bonnie and Clyde and Night Moves, Penn was as diversified as he was talented. Click here to read
Arthur Penn cut his teeth as a director on the American television drama circuit of the 1950s, contributing to a range of the playhouse and showcase series that were a staple of the industry. Western stories were among the episodes he delivered and his feature debut was a genre piece, a version of the Billy the Kid story called The Left Handed Gun (1958), starring Paul Newman, also at the start of his cinema career after a small-screen apprenticeship. The film had hints of the broadly sympathetic – or at least empathetic – view of outlaw psychology that would mark Penn's most famous film.
For his next film, Penn drew on his stage directing experience, transferring to the screen the Broadway production of The Miracle Worker in which he directed Anne Sullivan and Patty Duke
Penn began his Hollywood career in the 1950s with small jobs in TV before making his feature film debut with "The Left Handed Gun", starring a young Paul Newman. He quickly established himself as a top director following the success of the Oscar-nominated "The Miracle Worker" in 1962, a film adaptation of the play he had previously staged on Broadway.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for classic 1967 gangster film "Bonnie and Clyde", starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, which won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). The movie later went down in history when it was
The filmmaker, a veteran of World War II, passed away at his home in New York on Tuesday after suffering congestive heart failure, according to his daughter Molly.
Penn began his Hollywood career in the 1950s with small jobs in TV before making his feature film debut with The Left Handed Gun, starring a young Paul Newman.
He quickly established himself as a top director following the success of the Oscar-nominated The Miracle Worker in 1962, a film adaptation of the play he had previously staged on Broadway.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for classic 1967 gangster film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, which won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey).
The movie later went down in history when it was selected as one of the first 100 releases to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry.
He returned to the TV industry in the 1990s and served as an executive producer on hit crime series Law & Order.
Penn retired in 2001 and his final years were marred by illness, including a battle with pneumonia last summer.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Maurer, and their two children, Molly and Matthew.
The director's death comes almost one year after the loss of his older brother, celebrated photographer Irving Penn, who passed last October at the age of 92.
Arthur Penn, who has died aged 88, was one of the major figures of Us television, stage and film in the 1960s and 70s when the three disciplines actively encouraged experimentation, innovation and challenging subject matter. "I think the 1960s generation was a state of mind," he said, "and it's really the one I've been in since I was born." He will be best remembered for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), a complex and lyrical study of violent outsiders whose lives became the stuff of myth.
The film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and based on the exploits of the bank-robbing Barrow Gang in the 1930s, became a cause celebre. It was praised and attacked for its distortion, bad taste and glorification of violence in equal measure. Newsweek's critic, Joseph Morgenstern, retracted his initial view of the film's violence,
Penn, 86, was to set receive an award at the event in Waterville on Wednesday.
The director's son, Matthew, says Penn - whose other films include The Miracle Worker, Alice's Restaurant, The Left Handed Gun and Little Big Man - remained in doctors' care on Tuesday in a New York hospital but is expected to recover.
A special guest will now receive the honour for the filmmaker, according to festival officials.
by Jon Zelazny
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at EightMillionStories.com on February 27, 2009
There’s an A.C. Lyles Building at the Paramount Pictures main lot, but you won’t find A.C. Lyles there; his office is on the fourth floor of the William S. Hart Building.
When I arrived for our interview, Mr. Lyles was chatting with some visitors in his outer office. He bid me into his main office, and asked his assistant Pam to put in a video… a short promo reel that opens with a six minute tribute by then-President Ronald Reagan, who warmly recalls his and Nancy’s many years of friendship with A.C. and his wife Martha, and congratulates A.C. on his fifty years at the studio. The President’s intro is followed by taped congratulations from President Carter, President Ford, and Vice President Bush, then assorted clips celebrating Mr.
The Left Handed Gun: Arthur Penn’S Ticket To Hollywood… And His Ticket Back Home As Well
by Jon Zelazny
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on EightMillionStories.com September 29, 2008.
In the 1960’s, Arthur Penn was one of the most acclaimed directors in the world, best known for his smash hits The Mircale Worker (1962) and Bonnie & Clyde (1967), each of which earned him an Oscar nomination.
He spent his early career directing theater and live television in New York, until he and three of his TV colleagues—producer Fred Coe, writer Leslie Stevens, and fledgling star Paul Newman—went to Hollywood to make a western about Billy the Kid.
Paul Newman takes aim as Billy the Kid, in Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun.
2008 marked the 50th anniversary of The Left Handed Gun, Penn’s now-celebrated feature film debut. We spoke by phone, ironically the day
Alistair Cooke, a very shrewd film critic, once wrote of 'stage acting as a form of sculpture and film acting as a performance with the face only - the best film actors do best with the eyes only'. He was writing about Edward G Robinson, Henry Fonda, Jean Gabin and Spencer Tracy. But Paul Newman, who has died at his home in Connecticut aged 83, belongs in that illustrious company.
Although a number of his finest pictures were in black and white (The Hustler, for example, perhaps his best film), what comes most immediately to mind when we think of him are those deep blue eyes that variously sparkle,
In a film career that spanned nearly six decades, Newman received seven Oscar nominations before he was finally presented with an Honorary Oscar in 1986 "in recognition of his many and memorable and compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft."
But then he pulled out a trump card of his own, winning the best actor Academy Award the following year for "The Color of Money," in which he reprised the role of pool shark Fast Eddie Felsen,
Berlin also will honor Penn with a 10-film retrospective during the festival.
"Arthur Penn's films of the 1960s and early 1970s reanimated the crises-ridden American cinema. He is a great director, who deeply influenced the American cinema d'auteur," Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
The retrospective, which is being organized by Berlin's Deutsche Kinemathek -- Museum for Film and Television, also will include Penn's first feature, 1958 Paul Newman starrer The Left-Handed Gun, and the neo-noir 1975 picture Night Moves featuring Gene Hackman.
"The fascination of Arthur Penn's films is the way they find new expressions -- in terms of subject matter and form -- and often within genre constraints," said Rainer Rother, artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek.
The 84-year-old Penn will receive his Golden Bear at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Feb.
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