Arthur Penn 1922-2010

In memory of Arthur Penn I am posting these  two photos I took in 1981 during the filming of FOUR FRIENDS.

Arthur Penn on the set. 


This photo of Jodi Thelen was also taken the same day on the location set. 


photos by John Greco

8 comments on “Arthur Penn 1922-2010

  1. Sam Juliano says:

    Great photos John! Penn was a visionary for sure, and his work on BONNIE & CLYDE will always be seen as one of the great directorial achievements in American cinema.


    Now I heard today we lost Tony Curtis too. A very bad week, starting with Gloria Stuart’s passing.


    • John Greco says:

      Indeed Sam, he was one of the architects of the New Hollywood. I have been meaning to take another look at BONNIE AND CLYDE and write something about it; maybe this will get me to move it up on the list.

      Curtis passing was a shame too as was Stuart’s though at 100 years of age she could not complain.


  2. Judy says:

    Great photos – it must have been exciting to see the filming. I agree it has been a bad week with all these Hollywood greats passing.


    • John Greco says:

      That was one of the pleasures of living in New York, at least for me,catching filmmakers on the streets. I managed this a few times and will be posting some photos in the future. My biggest sorrow was not having a camera on hand when seeing Al Pacino and William Friedkin filming “Cruising” in Greenwich Village. I would have loved to get some photos of Pacino.


  3. Pete says:

    My all-time favorite flick is LITTLE BIG MAN, directed by Penn. It’s amazing how he was able to fuse history, comedy, and tragedy into one 2-hour film. Absolutely brilliant. In my opinion, it’s the most sensitive and honest rendering of native Americans to come out of Hollywood.

    Thanks for the tribute to a great director!


    • John Greco says:

      Thanks for your thoughts on Penn. I do like LITTLE BIG MAN quite a bit and believe it to be one of Penn’s best, though I reserve that spot for BONNIE & CLYDE. LBM is one of the most unique blends satire, prejudice and anti-Vietnam War passion. Penn was able to show his anti-establishment attitude against the war within the structure of the western.


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