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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…
Might as well regret the future too, while I'm regretting the past.
Examining right and wrong and the vastness between the two. Best when exploring the characters knowing the right thing to do and their inability to do it when the wrong thing is so enticing in the now.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wish I could say I understood this one a bit better. The acting is fine, and I realize it's a coming of age story, but so much of it left me wondering "Why is this here?"
The naked swimming party, or the accident at the end of the film. The teen kidnapping the little girl. With the exception of the main plot involving Bottoms and Bridges and Shepherd, everything else just seemed to be thrown in here randomly.
I will say that Cloris Leachman did exceptional work here, particularly in the scenes after Bottoms has unilaterally ended their courtship and then rekindled it. She sells the hell out of an older woman who feels young again thanks to that relationship, only to have it ripped away from her for no real reason.
Worth a watch once, but it doesn't feel like a great movie to me.
A moving and nostalgic coming of age story that makes good use of it's time period and features many great performances.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
really liked the final shot of the film. after all the events that happened prior, we see the town empty & uninhabited, with the preceding events in mind, we think about the history that happened in this place. it's just so unsettling to me personally how time passes by and what was once cherished and remembered will soon be reduced to dust and nothingness also Cybil Shepherd is a perfect human being.
A sad portrait of a failing Texan town, where the people are lonely and wayward, and Hank Williams hovers over all. There is a story here, but no strong trajectory; the film exists to sit patiently with these characters, observing their longing for love.
I gather that this film put Peter Bogdanovich on the map as a director; it's the first of his films that I've seen. It is a patient picture, giving the characters plenty of room to unfold.
I was astonished to discover at film's end that one of the central characters was played by Jeff Bridges. Sure enough, it's him. And Cybill Shepherd is fantastic as the high school beauty.
This film is all about tone. Set in a small Texan town in the 1950s, where nothing seems to happen. The only entertainment is a small cinema and the high school football team. The wind rushes through the empty streets. Shot in black and white, although this film was made in 1971, it feels very 50s in the style of film. The direction feels slow and ponderous, but in an intentional way that adds to the feel of it. The black & white picture saps any colour and interest away. Everything is old and stale. The only escape are the sexual transgressions that almost every character seems to have at some point. Also of interest to see some big name actors early in their career.
Considered one of the most important American movies ever made, with director Peter Bogdanovich becoming a defining name in the American New Wave film movement. The Last Picture Show captures a small Texan town in the 50's during it's death rattle before the Korean War, and separated from the consumerism boom.
Featuring early roles from big names like Cyril Shepard and Jeff Bridges, the film follows a group of high school kids, seemingly trapped in this decaying town, beaten by howling sand storms, lacking any blood in it's system leaving it more as a decaying corpse of old America. The only life in the town is from the local diner, pool room and cinema, all owned by one man. With…
What happens to the town after everyone leaves? Who is there to remember the memories, the people, the laughter, the sadness? THE LAST PICTURE SHOW follows episodes in the people, specifically the teens, of a small town as they go on through life. The film comprises of questioning morals, betrayal, assault, sex, and ultimately finding who you are. A must see for anyone interested in teenage cinema.
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