Director Arthur Penn, the man behind Bonnie and Clyde, has died in New York, hours after reaching his 88th birthday. It is the latest news in what has already been a sad week for film, which has also seen the death of Quentin Tarantino’s long-time editor, Sally Menke.
Whilst in biblical times people lived for AGES (I think Noah was nine hundred and fifty when he died), life seems to have shortened somewhat. But whether it’s because the weight of sin has crushed our life span or we are just more clumsy, it makes it more amazing when someone lives a bit longer then average, currently 79.9 years in the U.K. So, let’s take our hats off to Gloria Stuart.