Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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There are echoes of cinema long dead and gone in The Last Picture Show. The ghosts of Ford and Hawks inhabit the landscape. Lang's spirit sinks its way into the camera giving the desert town a grunge and unnatural look. Even if you listen closely, you can hear the French poetic realists cry out. And this is because the cinema of the past, much like Sam the Lion, lives on long after both he and the town has died. It's just one of those things that is.
Beyond acting simply as a way of mourning the loss of cinema past, it is about the filmmakers of the…
It's perfect in the way classic film feels but carries the modern detached, jaded tone, which makes it almost like a transition film between what was past and what is now present. It's a haunting film, one that is lasting in the mind far after it's finished. The acting from everyone is incredible, but Cloris Leachman is truly devastating. Bogdanovich created his masterpiece here, and still today it stands as one of the most important and well-made films within the Hollywood machine.
Beautiful, feverish coming-of-age movie, effectively depicting the boredom of youth and the transience in a small US town, featuring an irresistibly seductive young Cybill Shepherd.
The best scene in "The Last Picture Show" takes place outside town at the "tank," an unlovely pond that briefly breaks the monotony of the flat Texas prairie. Sam the Lion has taken Sonny and the retarded boy Billy fishing there, even though, as Sonny observes, there ain't nothing in the tank but turtles. That's all right with Sam: He doesn't like fish, doesn't like to clean them, doesn't like to smell them. He goes fishing for the scenery.
"Try one?" he says, offering Sonny the makings of a hand-rolled cigarette. And then he begins an wistful monologue, about a time 20 years ago when he brought a girl out to the tank and they swam in it and rode…
70's Cinema Marathon FILM 2#
Based on a novel of the same name (which at first, the director did not like the sound of) The Last Picture Show stands now as an important film in American cinema history. As a coming-of-age tale, this black and white drama telling the story of a group of teenagers in a small Texas town, this is definitely an essential viewing of the 1970’s. It is a film of love, friendship, adolescence, relationships and moving on- themes that continue to be explored in coming-of-age movies.
Party like your grandparents!
Wow. Just bloody wow. Everyone is amazing in this. Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms are amazing in this, their drive back from Mexico was awesome. So was Ellen Burstyn. Ben Johnson looks like a goddamn king during the scene at the tank, and he steals every scene.
Just. Bloody. Wow.
The contrast between Bogdonavich's classical form and the directness of the film's sexual content threw me for a bit of a loop. It's extremely effective - a "New Hollywood" story told in the most classical of modes. He paints an effectively bleak and depressing portrait of a small Texas town, mostly viewed through the eyes of the Timothy Buttons character.
But I have some serious reservations.The treatment of the Cybill Shepard and Cloris Leachman characters, well-performed though they are, ranges from dude-centric to seriously misguided. And I've never been a fan of the "significant idiot" character trope. But even so, the overall effect of the film is positive.
the opening line - "you ain't ever gonna amount to nothing" - hangs over all like an omen, and throughout his treatment of sexual experimentation and empty disaffection, bogdanovich barely springs a false step. maybe one of the best portraits of alienation and malaise i've ever seen and a sad, swooning swansong to a passing age of cinema and culture.
I wasn't entirely interested at the start, but as it went on I began to like it more and more. One thing that stood out to me the most was how complex and fascinating all of the characters are; it's almost as if there isn't a single two-dimensional character in the film, everybody has flaws and quirks. I thought Cybill Shepherd (who is so beautiful it's bizarre) played an especially interesting character, Jaycee, and I'm honestly unsure of whether I sympathized with her or disliked her. Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, and Ellen Burstyn are all great as well. Really well-made movie, heavy on mood and characterization.
Not a lot of wow in this film but with solid performances and evocative story telling the film buries itself in your heart and stays.
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