1 Year, 100 Movies: #95 The Last Picture Show (1971)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

The Last Picture Show- set in a dying town in the middle of nowhere, Texas- everything in this movie is flat, hard and hopeless. The situations, the emotions, the expectations. These are not simple or stupid people, yet they have a distain for those who would have hope. It is a stark and unflinching film.

The shining stars from this movie are two of it’s actors. First- Cloris Leachman in her role as Ruth Popper. She is -I believe- the truest and most honest voice in the film, and it’s no surprise she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in this role. The second is Ben Johnson’s portrayal of Sam the Lion. Another actor could have taken this role over the top into a caricature, but his restraint and just plain good acting earned him an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor. The movie is shot well, and certainly gives a view of the small town community. But it is just so depressing.

All in all not my favorite movie, but I can see why it’s on the list.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



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