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Last Picture Show


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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
9.13 /10
 
Starring
Timothy Bottoms , Jeff Bridges , Cybill Chepherd (pictured)
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Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Written by: Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich

 
 
 
Released: 1971
   
Genre: DRAMA
RITES-OF-PASSAGE
OVERRATED
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 118
 
 


 

Adolescent angst in a dying small town, in the early 1950s.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Critically acclaimed but terribly derivative film which seems to lack any real feeling for the characters, some of whom are not well acted. It all seems like an academic exercise in various old-fashioned directing styles, although Robert Surtees's Oscar-nominated cinematography is undeniably atmospheric. There was a belated sequel, Texasville (1990), which lacked all sense of style and was even more miserable.
"Held particular interest for me because the closing down of the small-time movie theater was kind of a metaphor for the continuing isolation of the world, but specifically America, the closing in of the country, and new ideas."
(Peter Bogdanovich, Reel Conversations, 1991)
"Where McMurtry saw Hollywood as the provider of false dreams and images of behaviour, Bogdanovich is celebrating a golden age of the movies at the point where it was about to give way to television."
(Philip French, Sight & Sound)

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