The Last Picture Show Movies & Media Adaptations

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The Last Picture Show was made into a 1971 Peter Bogdanovich feature film starring Cybill Shepherd as Jacy; Cloris Leachman as Ruth Popper; Timothy Bottoms as Sonny (and his brother Sam Bottoms as Billy); Jeff Bridges as Duane; Ben Johnson as Sam; and Ellen Burstyn as Lois Farrow. Filmed in black and white, the cinematography was extremely effective in portraying the bleakness of the town, and the plainness of the characters, giving a small-town and diminished feel to the action; only in a scene with Sam and Sonny at a swimming hole does the camera pan away for a moment from the faces of the characters to the stark beauty of the West Texas ranchland surrounding them, revealing that, while there is something of beauty in the environment, it has nothing to do with the town. Texasville (1991), an adaptation of The Last Picture Show's sequel, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich...

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