Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms in The Last Picture Show (1971)
Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms in The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Last Picture Show (1971)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich | United States | 1971 | M

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Wed 21 Jun 2023

Arguably his masterpiece, Bogdanovich’s second feature adapts Larry McMurtry’s coming-of-age story set in a dust-blown 1950s Texas town. Featuring a sensitive ensemble cast (many in breakthrough roles), this tender elegy was nominated for eight Oscars and won two (for Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson). While acknowledging its homages to Hawks, Ford and Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons, David Thomson argues that the film’s real flavour is French; he compares its warmth for “so many clearly defined characters” to the work of Jean Renoir. With Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn and Cybill Shepherd.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 126 mins

Event duration

126 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Born in upstate New York to immigrants who had fled the Nazis, Peter Bogdanovich (1939–2022) will always be remembered as the notable American auteur who took the French path from criticism to filmmaking. An obsessive filmgoer and sometime stage actor who, as a teenager, had studied with Stella Adler, he wrote monographs on Welles, Hawks, Ford and Hitchcock and also mounted a series of influential retrospectives at MoMA in the 1960s...

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