Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Last Picture Show, 1971

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Written by Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman

This is a powerful and hard-to-watch movie. It is often described as a coming of age movie, but it's more like a coming to terms story. Everyone in this story, the young people and the old are all so lost and have no mooring. Timothy Bottoms gives a really fine performance as the young man growing up who really hurts some others along the way; even more so for Cybill Shepherd. The story doesn't flinch from that, which makes it both stronger and more painful.

The Last Picture Show at IMDB.

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