The Last Picture Show


(out of 5)

Growing pains in a dusty Texas town are the focus of this beautiful comedy-drama. A group of youngsters find their development towards maturity stunted by the bleakness of their town, mostly because people have been leaving their tinier hamlet to go raise children and find success in the big cities.  has an affair with much older, bored housewife , while his best friend  struggles in his relationship with rich and pretty .  also turns in a terrific supporting role as Shepherd’s worn-out society mother, and  lends excellent support as the aging town cowboy who is something of a mentor to all the youngsters. It features many typical cinematic staples of coming-of-age films, including awkward sexual encounters and boy-meets-girl pranks, but it was the film that started them all and did them so well. Director Peter Bogdanovich imbues so much warmth and intelligence to the characters that the moments all feel honest and true. Until Schindler’s List came out this was the last Academy Award nominee for Best Picture to be shot in black-and-white.

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USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by , Peter Bogdanovich, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Polly Platt

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1971

Golden Globe Awards 1971

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