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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
An undead town in Texas. Growing pains galore. Sexual tension pulses like blood and everybody seems to be in love with everybody. Dust and wind and dried leaves coat everything, even the places untouched by nature. A town that dies and resurrects at the start of every football season.
A great film.
The longing and desire felt by the central character, Sonny, hit way too close to home. He wants so desperately to escape his dying hometown but can never bring himself to do it. He hurts the people who love him without even realizing it. He drifts around the streets like a sunburnt ghost, dreaming of better days but knowing that they probably won't come. That hit close. Too…
The Dude, the Leachman, and the Bottomses.
I like the way this movie is filmed, beautiful black & white cinematography, also great characters and performance by all actors. It was really cool to see Jeff Bridges young. I didn't really connect with characters, nor the America from the fifties and that's my biggest problem with the movie. Only Wichita Falls reminds me of my hometown, 'cause there's nothing to do here, too. :)
Sometimes life is just sad and breaks your heart. Bogdonovich kills it and wrings the blood out of it.
Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) is a teen living in tiny Anarene, Texas in the early 1950's. He hangs out with his friend Duane (Jeff Bridges) and pines away for high school beauty queen Jacy (Cybill Shepherd). Occasionally he and Duane and their friends go out and stir up some trouble. But the truth is, most of the time, nothing happens in Anarene.
The plot of this film is a bit convoluted, so I won't go into much more detail here. Suffice it to say that, like many adolescent males, Duane and Sonny spend most of their time thinking about sex and pursuing various women, younger and older. There are a number of liaisons of varying quality, length and conventionality. (As…
Lust masking unhappiness and the illusory American Dream.
It's amazing that a movie about the 50s made in the 70s still resonates so well today. But perhaps that's why it's a classic.
The bitter, realist world that David Lynch saw imperfectly in dreams.
A classic, coming-of-age tale, though a bit more raw than others, where a small town's innocence and idealism become painfully stripped away by the second. It's well-acted and the dialogue is well-crafted; conversations flow from casual to emotional and revelatory, without a hitch. The b&w really works and there are some great shots that really paint a picture of desolation. I'm not sure why, but the shots of Jacy's hands in the pool pockets really stood out to me for some reason.
Brilliant slice of Americana with a fantastic soundtrack! I can't believe I have missed it all these years. I love The Last Picture Show! It's without a doubt a new all-time favourite of mine!
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