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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…
Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show is, on the surface, a very simple movie. And the fact that this film fully indulges in that simplicity is at the heart of what makes it a great film.
Set during the 1950s in a small sleepy Texas town, The Last Picture Show invokes a feeling of nostalgia that is quite hard to generate, simply based on its realness. This isn't the sugarcoated world that we see on television or in films of that heavily censored era. This is, I think, far closer to what the actual 1950s were like rather than our usual pop culture perspective of them. It's a brutally honest film to be certain.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by…
Desolate is the word that comes to mind. Very well done, but just too sad for me. Almost nihilistic. Loved the attention to detail, especially with the Hank Williams music. Every character is so powerless. Cloris was obviously amazing, also. Her rant made the movie for me.
The greatest coming-of-age movie bar none.
call me out on my nonsense,
but the more and more I found out about
'America', the less and less I feel like I understand
your land is ravaged
by hurricanes and tornadoes
or great tragedies mirrored in your art
your McCarthy and Fitzgerald
scream about your rotten core that
brings about so much transient beauty.
very much here-
in 'the last picture show'
Hollywood turns a bluer, braver direction
look to the poster;
Bogdanovich's empty town filled
with film grain faces in fading lives
in this town
we plunge into the
melancholy of a dying decade
characters less alluded,
and more nuanced, cinema
retreads its footsteps to begin again
Sam the lion
The spirit of the 30's
An end of *a* world movie if not an end of the world one. Apocalyptic, beautiful.
When a place is decaying, the only thing that holds you there is love. An attachment that does not diminish no matter how much rot and loss surrounds you. Even when the place is no more, the memory lingers. That place lives on in your recollection of and devotion to it. Here is the small Texan town of Anarene, early 1950s. The wind blows the dust around, and there's only one boy to sweep it all up. It's not a place to live, only a place in which to get older.
And Peter Bogdanovic loves it.
This is the second film I've watched recently that are deliberately-paced recreations of very particular times and places, the other being Flowers of Shanghai…
What's really interesting about The Last Picture Show is how several characters are presented and followed creating a town dynamic through which we can better understand Sonny's coming of age. The town around him is changing, the people are changing, he himself is changing and what little golden memories he had from his school years rest with Sam the Lion, set apart in a period slipping out of his reach. The cinematography works well for the movie as does the script, and it's definitely fun to see Jeff Bridges in an earlier role, paired with a beautiful Cybill Shepherd.
4 out of 5 (B+)