Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Filmed in nostalgic black and white, Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show is one of the great movie masterpieces of the postwar era and arguably the flag bearer for the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s. A film of poignant and enduring beauty, its enormous critical and commercial success paved the way for other “movie brat” directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas. It also made stars of several of its superb ensemble cast, not least Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, and earned long-overdue recognition for veteran actors Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman, both of whom collected Oscars for their performances. Few other films have captured so poignantly the frustrations of life in small-town America, in this case dusty, wind-blown Anarene, Texas. Newly graduated from high school into a town that is fast dying, the central characters played by Bridges, Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms are itching to find escape; anything to avoid the private hell in which each member of their parents’ generation is now stuck fast. Yet despite its sometimes bleak depiction of backwater life, the film is often funny, always emotionally profound, and never less than haunting. A timeless and unmissable classic.
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