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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…
A feel-bad movie for the ages, shot in shimmering b&w and populated by unlined young faces to make you swoon (plus careworn old faces to make you weep). Sonny's the nominal protagonist but the film bounces around Anarene at will, laying waste to any romanticized notion of small-town America...and yet it doesn't feel cynical, only brutally honest. Ellen Burstyn sets the tone as Jacy's mother, dispensing advice so hard-won and practical that it can only be ignored; Ben Johnson serves as nostalgic counterpoint, in the movie's only nod to outright sentiment. Bogdanovich, meanwhile, demonstrates a mastery of old-school composition—boots jutting from an open car window at foreground left as figures approach from background right—that seems to have been lost…
Probably the least prolific of the directors of the American New Wave, Peter Bogdonavich nevertheless makes his mark on cinema in this extraordinary portrait of small town rural Texas in 1950. A poignant reminder that time and place are truly fleeting.
A film that cleverly depicts the life of students during the 1950s. A must see in the realm of film history.
This film could not be made today. It would provoke outrage, particularly at Cybill Sheperd's promiscuous, ball-cutting character. It's not outdated, however; it's a great film. Listen to the soundtrack and you'll pick up a mood that Bogdanovich continues to establish throughout.
A grittier American Graffiti, it is now understandable to me why this is in the AFI 100. Memorizing characters and it may now be my favorite coming of age movie. Amazing from start to finish.
My god. If there's a more appropriate movie for atmospheric country & western music I haven't seen it.
El mejor halago que se le puede hacer a una película es decir que es sobre 'todo'.
I really need to re-watch this as soon as possible. Best coming-of-age movie I've ever seen
This didn't really feel like a movie, it was more like I had decided to move to Anarene for a while and got to hang out with these people, everything seemed so damn authentic.
Stray thoughts on Last Picture Show:
Big & Small
Sam the Lion is a big character. Sam the Lion is also a small character. He is present for roughly one twelfth of the film's running time, but fragments of his character, his presence, can be felt in nearly every scene.
Anarene is a small town. It is also vast with negative space, a large hollow husk of a bygone era. This emptiness wears on the psyches of those who inhabit it. The old world fades away and the new generation stumbles clumsily into the sun. There is no familiarity here, only angst and confusion. Helpless desperation, the ennui of maturity.
Unassuming land of paradox. Sad wasting away, expectations wilt as the…
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