Gold Standard Series

A 40th Anniversary Screening of "The Last Picture Show" (1971)

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Featured an onstage cast and crew reunion with guests including Peter Bogdanovich, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Timothy Bottoms and Eileen Brennan.

Hosted by Luke Wilson.

The Los Angeles premiere of the digitally restored “Definitive Director’s Cut” of the film, from Sony Pictures and the Academy Film Archive

Adapted by Larry McMurtry (with Peter Bogdanovich) from his own novel, and launching the careers of a remarkable group of young actors (including Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd and Randy Quaid), this atmospheric character study greatly influenced a generation of prominent directors.

Set in the fading West Texas town of Anarene in the early 1950s, the film combines a poignant coming-of-age tale with a bittersweet appraisal of Anarene’s discontented adults. The only movie theater in town is forced to close its doors due to lack of business, while Anarene’s high school seniors grapple with conflicting feelings about sex, friendship and responsibility, and the adults reflect on their unfulfilled lives.

Bogdanovich heightens the film’s nostalgic appeal through Robert Surtees’ stunning black-and-white cinematography, Polly Platt’s meticulous production design and an unconventional use of period music. The picture garnered eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Directing and Writing, with Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman earning statuettes for their supporting performances.

Digital version courtesy of Sony Pictures and the Academy Film Archive. Running time: 126 minutes (director’s cut).

Academy Award winner: Actor in a Supporting Role (Ben Johnson), Actress in a Supporting Role (Cloris Leachman).

Academy Award nominees: Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges), Actress in a Supporting Role (Ellen Burstyn), Cinematography (Robert Surtees), Directing (Peter Bogdanovich), Best Picture (Stephen J. Friedman, producer), Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Larry McMurtry, Bogdanovich).

Event Information

November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater