Sag Harbor Cinema’s Winter Series Presents “The Last Picture Show” (1971, USA)
THE SAG HARBOR CINEMA’S WINTER SERIES
HERE COMES THE CINEMA!
CONTINUES WITH THE LAST PICTURE SHOW DIRECTED BY
FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH WRITER, DIRECTOR AND ACTOR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2PM at BAY STREET THEATER
In this second feature, shot right after Targets, Peter Bogdanovich, pays tribute to his idols John Ford and Howard Hawks. Based on Larry McMurtry autobiographical book, The Last Picture Show is a coming-of-age story set in Anarene, a dusty, declining Texas town in 1951 – on the eve of the Korean war and at the beginning of the end of movie houses like the Royal, where local kids go to kiss, grapple and watch John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in Red River.
The film stars a great cast of newcomers (Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd and Randy Quaid), together with veterans like Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson. With its use of “new wave” techniques like jump cuts, zooms and jittery hand-held camera work, The Last Picture Show’s careful visual composition garnered Bogdanovich’s dark elegy comparisons with Citizen Kane. Orson Welles was of course another of the young directors’ idols/mentors. It received a total of eight Academy Awards nominations, including best Picture and Best Director, and two wins: Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
SAG HARBOR CINEMA presents PETER BOGDANOVITCH’S THE LAST PICTURE SHOW followed by a conversation with Ed Burns moderated by SHC’s Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Sunday, February 9, 2pm at Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Admission $15 for Adults, Children under 14 FREE. For more information and to purchase tickets for this and other HERE COMES THE CINEMA! screenings, go to www.sagharborcinema.org. Tickets are also available at the door.