The Last Picture Show

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The Last Picture Show

  • 1971
  • Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Rated R
  • Drama
  • 118 Minutes
  1. Saturday, April 27, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Last Picture Show
While other emerging directors of the 1970s cited European auteurs as influences, Peter Bogdanovich preferred paying respects to the American masters. Adapted from Larry McMurtry’s sexually frank coming-of-age novel, The Last Picture Show parallels its tale of innocence lost with the passing of Hollywood’s golden age. With a nod to Howard Hawks, Bogdanovich’s film opens with a marquee displaying Red River as the final show of the town’s shuttering movie house. Yet, despite its reverence to cinema’s past, the film ranks as one of “New Hollywood’s” finest productions. Starring Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, Cybill Shepherd, and Randy Quaid.
(2K DCP presentation)