The film showing on Sunday 10th June at Corrie film club is The Last Picture Show (USA 1971 Directed by Peter Bogdanovitch 118 mins Cert 15).
A coming of age movie set in rural Texas in the early 1950s that centres on two high school friends played by Timothy Bottoms and Jeff Bridges. In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how — with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane’s steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking. It’s the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey’s heart will be set for life.
But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house — the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Shot in black and white with a score featuring wonderful Hank Williams music, the film won six Oscar nominations.