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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…
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…
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…
Inte för att den var helt dålig, men jag ägnade mer tid åt att förundras över alla unga stjärnor än själva filmen.
Great carachters, good looking young men and one of the hottest sex scenes I've ever seen.
The only thing I knew about Peter Bogdanovich before I watched this film was that he's Dr. Melfi's psychotherapist and former teacher in the excellent tv-show "The Sopranos". I had no idea that he was such a wonderful director who could direct such an excellent film as this. Bogdanovich really makes us care about the characters in the film and most of them are portrayed wonderfully by some great actors and actresses. A young Jeff Bridges is ever so charming, Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson takes well deservedly home a Academy Award each for their performances and Ellen Burstyn gets her first of many Academy Award nominations for her wonderful acting. Any cinema that is closing down should show this film as its last picture show...
I always knew Texas was where happiness goes to die!
Distinctly American images. A distinctly Texan—and so, by extension, American—sense of profound boredom. That mixture of distinctly listless wandering and wayward self discovery, all cohering into an elegaic, moving ode to a passing time, so wonderfully epitomised in that Last Picture Show ... and in closing, 1970's Cybill Shepherd. They. Can. Not. Touch. Her.
Re-watched with Criterion Collection (Peter Bogdanovich only) commentary
Re-watched with Criterion Collection (Peter Bogdanovich, Cybil Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall) commentary
A wistful coming of age drama and requiem for a small town. The haunting monochrome photography is quite remarkable (particularly with Bogdanovich's classical compositions) and adds to the profound melancholy of the movie. With the exception of some minor flaws - its final scene ("he was sweeping you sons of bitches") is a little on-the-nose for instance - this is absolutely amazing.
Overall Enjoyment 5/10
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