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Big screen classics

The Last Picture Show

(Director’s Cut)

Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd star in Peter Bogdanovich’s beautiful evocation of a lost era.

Image from The Last Picture Show

USA 1971
Dir Peter Bogdanovich
With Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shep-herd, Ben Johnson
126min
Digital
Certificate 15

A small Texan town, the early 1950s: besides graduation, a group of friends face the usual adolescent problems of parents, confusing sexual intrigue and the limitations of life in the sticks. Bogdanovich’s lovely adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s boasts terrific performances and a sure sense of period and place; veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees effortlessly evokes – without false sentimentality or glamour – a vanished era. Both Cloris Leachman, who died this year, and Ben Johnson won Best Supporting Actor Oscars®.

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