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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…
Combining black and white, a coming-of-age story, and a small black hole of a Texas town, this film hit all the right spots for me. Kinda makes me wanna reminisce on the town in Texas that I managed to escape.
One of the best depictions of life in a small, decaying town I've seen in film. Because of the well written script, cinematography and the great performances from the main cast, I feel as if I have visited 1950's Anarene, Texas. The film may have gone on a little bit too long but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
I KNEW IT WAS RED RIVER
Bold and honest tale of teenage promiscuity. On top is a tightly written screenplay and amazing performances by the cast.
The film has an overwhelming spirit of small-town USA, with the secret passions or the lack thereof of it's inhabitants. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW seems more like a memory than anything else, which I suppose is one of the things the movies do best. In the stark, but beautiful, black-and-white, Bogdanovich captures the small moments of three teenagers who hang on the precipice of adulthood, dangerously close to losing their sense of stability and family, threatened by the idea that the life they knew (and that goes for the entire town as well) is close to crumbling. Transitioning from the reserved old West that was forged gallantly (at least when John Wayne does it) to the new America, the one…
"I ought to have better sense bettin' on my own hometown team."
"Wouldn't hurt if you had a better hometown."
The Last Picture Show is perhaps the most scathing indictment of the most vocally-denounced decade in 20th century American history because it depicts said period with care and empathy. The shots that bookend this movie are among the saddest I have ever seen.
They don't make movies like this anymore.
One of the most beautifully depressing films ever made. A film that represents a time so well it feels like I lived in these characters lives for two hours.
It used to bug me how seriously this movie takes itself, but now that seems like a virtue. The best compliment I can give it is that I hadn't seen it in about fifteen years, but I remembered much of it clearly, and everything I remembered felt stronger and more emotionally affecting now that the movie and I are both older.
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