Fifty Years On, ‘The Last Picture Show’ Is an Indelible Texas Movie

Fifty Years On, ‘The Last Picture Show’ Is an Indelible Texas Movie

Ben Johnson in The Last Picture ShowPicture this: A filmmaker with no major credits to his name gets it in his head to make a black and white film set in the middle of nowhere. He’s a city boy; the movie is a quiet evisceration of small-town life, based on a novel by a native son. The director casts an assortment of veteran character actors and young nobodies. The project sounds quixotic at best. But this is 1971, the heart of the New Hollywood era, when studio heads are, for a brief, glorious time, trying new things and trusting young directors. The movie is a hit, earning eight Oscar nominations, and wins for two of those veteran character players.This is the story of The Last Picture Show. Released fifty years ago…View Original Post

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