Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Director: Peter Bagdanovich. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Randy Quaid. 118 min. Rated R. Drama.

A desolate Texan town in the 1950s is dying, and the sudden death of one of its locals exponentially accelerates the process. Some movies provide a very detailed snapshot of how it must have been to live in a certain time and place, and although I wasn't around at the time, this film with its bleak black-and-white cinematography (which oddly lost the Oscar to Fiddler on the Roof that year),  offers the atmosphere of such a life, and what people do when there's nothing to do in a very small town where every single move is known to everybody.

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