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The Last Picture Show
Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed...
The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
I'm going to save some time and space here and just say that The Last Picture Show might be the greatest coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. I cannot come up with a single aspect about it I could find fault in, and the amount of content it packs into its two hour run-time is incredible. Heartbreaking, hilarious, moody, moving, Bogdanovich and McMurtry capture that small town feel, and (like Stand By Me or even A Christmas Story) manage to authentically and honestly date the film in a way that nostalgia for a time and place I've never experienced was overwhelming. There's a good deal of humor to go along with the almost physical growing pains Timothy Bottoms goes through. While…
Y'see? You shouldn't have come here. I'm around that corner now. You've ruined it and it's lost completely. Just your needing me won't make it come back.
Growing up sucks. You lose all your carefree spirit, you get more and more responsibilities, and your life just changes completely that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could've stayed 16 and carefree for the rest of our days? Not a worry in the world? No bills, no kids, no commitments? It's all just a hassle, am I right?
Auteur Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show beautifully personifies this stage of life, with a deteriorating 1950's small town as its backdrop. Like the characters, the town itself is…
Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show' serves as a time capsule for the '50s in a way that none of the censor-influenced films of the decade truly could. 'TLPS' is sexual and emotionally raw and a far cry from the eternal optimism of Hollywood. Instead we witness the death of a small Texas town that never really appeared to be living in any real sense anyway.
A young cast perfectly display the frustration of growing up in a town which culture has bypassed almost entirely - the closing of the town's cinema marking the end of its connection with the rest of the world. Without any real entertainment, sex is used as a game, which inevitably fractures relationships between friends…
I've been meaning to get around to this movie for about 5 or 6 years. I've read some great reviews and as it often comes up on "best of lists" , I'm glad I finally got to it this morning.
Peter Bogdanovich's stunning look at a small Texas town in the early fifties is fascinating. Not just the story and the coming of age of most of the characters, but for the actual cast. A baby-faced Jeff Bridges, a craggy faced Ben Johnson, a young Eileen Brennan not to mention Timothy Bottoms and a jail-bait Cybill Shepherd. Shot in black and white, this is a movie that suits that aesthetic. Everything looks old, musty, dusty and dark. From the pool-hall…
The Last Picture Show is a really good coming-of-age movie. It was made in the 70s, but people say it shows the 50s brilliantly. I wouldn't know, my parents weren't even born then. However, I think it really looks good, and it portrays a small-town perfectly.
The characters are interesting, some more than others. Sonny and Duane are the best of them, and Jacy is pretty good too. I really loved the performances here, all of them are nice.
The movie is kinda slow and a little boring in the beginning for me, but as it progresses it gets more and more interesting. The scene at the "tank" was really great. It took us…
Sam the Lion: "If she was here I'd probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. Ain't that ridiculous?... Naw, it ain't really. 'Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that's what's ridiculous. Gettin' old."
There's an old saying that "all you have in life, are the experiences". I can go with that, absolutely. Anything that is memorable, worth cherishing or something you can learn from is always a great experience and something to look back on with fondness. Maybe I'm all sentimental because I just got back from the NHL Winter Classic at The Big House - me…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
어린시절 나의 놀이터이던 극장은 문을 닫고 이제 영화는 끝났다.
나의 멘토는 죽었고,
그의 아름다웠던 연인은 돈의 노예로 늙어가며,
나의 연인이던 그녀의 딸 또한 엄마의 길을 간다.
어정쩡하게 화해한 친구는 전쟁터로 가는데,
나는 여기 이 깡촌에 남아 폐허로 변해가는 당구장 주인이 되어
늙은 여인의 섹스 노리개로 변해간다.
그리고 오늘 아침 나의 친구, 저능아 친구,는 개처럼 죽어갔다.
이제 미국에서 이런 영화는 더이상 만들어지지 않고, 그 극장의 문은 닫혔다.
I had a rare change to my Top 100. As part of my 1971 movie-watching, I watched my #99 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (currently my #1 of that year). I backed off just a bit in my ranking, dropping it to #165. This slides THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (1928) to 99 and THE LIFE OF OHARU (1952) nabs the last spot in the Top 100. That latter film is one I need to re-watch as I think I slated it where it is almost solely for Kinuyo Tanaka’s overpowering performance. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is still great and a half hour in, I was comfortable with its lofty spot. The cast is stellar, especially in the main supporting roles.…
Captures the feeling of small town collective thats lost its soul.
A heartbreaking monument to American youth.
Re-watch. Still the best film ever made.
Last screening at the old Cinematheque. Packed house. Really hot. Lots of tears.
I think my favorite thing about "The Last Picture Show" is the soundtrack. It's like Bogdonovich put on a Hank Williams record and just let it play.
If this film had been cut down by 30 minutes, it would probably be a masterpiece. Throughout the film, there are some astonishing moments of power and beauty, but on the whole the film feels uneven and too structureless, with some odd time skips that displace the viewer. The actors, screenplay, use of music, cinematography, and direction are all solid, and perhaps the best part of the film is the evocation of, alternatively, desolation and sexual discomfort. Almost certainly a great film, but too unfocused to be truly moving.
Nothing more really needs to be said. This is my all-time favorite film and I never tire of it, the performances, or the cinematography. This film is the very definition of perfect cinema.
This. This is America.
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