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The Last Picture Show: August 15 and September 5

Viewing Notes for The Last Picture Show

The 37th annual Film Institute gets underway with The Last Picture Show, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, USA (1971). Running time: 118 min.

The inspiration for this year’s theme, a group of young people in a lonely Texas town struggle to come to terms with the weight of growing up, first experiences with sexuality, and the imminent closing of the one theater in town—the place most inextricably tied to their sense of childhood. Filmed entirely in black-and-white, like Bogdanovich’s later hit film Paper Moon, Picture Show is considered one of the seminal films of the New Hollywood movement and is enshrined in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Featuring stellar performances (including Oklahoma’s own Ben Johnson), beautiful cinematography, and a powerful story,The Last Picture Show is one of the greatest portraits of the complications of American adolescence and small-town life. In English.

“Bogdanovich’s perfect recreation of the sense of time and place, and his ability to mix wit with poignancy, ... make this such a charming, timeless film.”- Kim Newman, Empire

Wed., Aug. 15, 1:00 PM, Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. (as part of our collaboration with the Wednesday Western Matinee Series!)

Wed., Sept. 5, 7:30 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business, OKCU, NW 27th & N. McKinley

As always, the on-campus screening will be followed by a discussion for those who wish to stay.

Find our full screening schedule HERE.

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