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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…
Yes, "pretty good", as I can't go "great" or even "very good". I liked it enough and it's another one of those movies where I can see myself liking it more and more every time I watch it, until it becomes a favorite. That's actually what I did with Taxi Driver, as I watched it once - hated it and then, for some reason, kept re-watching it and liking it a little more each time. Today, Taxi Driver is a favorite movie of mine and every time I watched it, I picked up something new, something different, more appealing attributes, more to like. Anyway, I initially had The Last Picture Show pegged at around the '5' mark, when I watched…
I seem to disagree with most critics on The Last Picture Show. I would guess that the difference is my inexperience growing up in a small town in Texas or not living through the New Hollywood era. It was interesting. It broke many rules. It is almost a love letter between Bogdanovich and the French New Wave or Italian Neo-Realists. The score was the weakest category for me followed by the story, it is possible that a couple more viewings may turn me around but my expectations coming in did not do the film any favors.
Peter Bogdanovich turned Larry McMurtry's great novel about desolate land and parched lives into a stunning directorial debut. He had made a couple of documentaries about film as well as a Roger Corman compromise called Targets that were apprentice work, but no one who saw those efforts expected an assured, mature, and well observed work like The Last Picture Show to follow. It might be a bit ramshackle in structure with a few precious directorial touches that appear to be showing off, but the terrific ensemble cast, an evocative sense of time and place, and its enormous feeling and affection for its characters bring it home.
"American Graffiti"'s slightly kinkier cousin.
At first it seems like the usual; horny young adolescents so preoccupied with their own struggles they don't see how their parents and all of the adults aren't much wiser themselves. "The Last Picture Show" goes farther than that because it goes farther time-wise. Other than "American Graffiti" and its 'one night' narrative LPS delves into the further development and more literal coming of age for its central characters.
The film deliberately explores different generations but finds interesting clues and truths; truths which are never universal. In some case the Young have to take note and listen to the Elders; the elders don't have all the wisdom but they had experiences and ways of dealing…
Um dos clássicos da Nova Hollywood, The Last Picture Show trás à tela uma contra-cultura pesada que questiona valores morais de uma sociedade hipócrita.
Brilliant coming-of-age film. The characters are coming of age, but equally so is America.
One of those films that feels slight until you realise just how brilliantly written it is. Every character is so completely fleshed out that it's almost impossible for the actors to do anything but shine, and boy do they shine.
Want evidence, then enjoy this incredible monologue...
The end of innocence in a very specific way. It is this specificity that led me to knock a half star off here. It's a very straightforward pic, almost minimalist- at least in the narrative. The characters and their respective actors' performances are what make the movie.
The life of small town high school kids in Texas. The majority of the downtown is dusty and broke, but there are some rich neighbors. Including the pretty girl, Jayce. She spends time with her boyfriend Duane and his best friend Sonny. She gets restless with Duane, because her mother, also beautiful, wants her to marry into riches and tells her that she's setting herself up for a boring small town life with…
almost unbearable. almost.
Able to be really funny and really emotional. I liked it, didn't love it. Somehow it never really connected with me. I've put off writing about it for a couple of days because I can't figure out why. I love the mood, but something about the narrative didn't really work for me. All of the performances are really great. Cybill Shepherd stands out as the obvious star of the bunch. This is my first Bogdanovich film, and I'd like to keep exploring.
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