The Last Picture Show

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Certificate15
Year1971
GenreDrama, Romance
DirectorPeter Bogdanovic
WritersPeter Bogdanovic, Larry McMurty
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 58MINS
SeasonCinema Rediscovered on Tour

Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville, this elegy to cinema itself focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens.

Adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, The Last Picture Show has an aching melancholy for the love-lost unfulfilled lives of the older generation of Anarene, Texas and the excited, fumbling, uncertain promises of the next generation, as portrayed with fresh faced unsophisticated energy by a trio of screen newcomers - Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms.

Peter Bogdanovich's directorial debut is shot in highly evocative black and white cinematography and acts as a self-reflective homage to the passing of a certain kind of American cinema.

Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

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