History Film / TheLastPictureShow

17th May '17 7:54:27 PM Ezclee4050
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* NewOldWest: Though the film doesn't deal with a lot of the classic themes and plot elements of TheWestern, it was clearly influenced by the films of Creator/HowardHawks and Creator/JohnFord.

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* NewOldWest: Though the film doesn't deal with a lot of the classic themes and plot elements of TheWestern, it was clearly influenced by the films of Creator/HowardHawks and Creator/JohnFord. Having familiar Western character actors in the cast like Ben Johnson (Sam) and Clu Gulager (Abilene) also adds to this feel.
16th May '17 2:50:17 PM Ezclee4050
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* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: It takes place on the dusty Texas plains, so this gets averted.
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** Another film advertised earlier on the cinema marquee is ''Film/Winchester73'', starring Creator/JamesStewart, who, as noted on the Trivia page, was Bogdanovich's first choice to play Sam the Lion.
15th May '17 8:57:29 PM Ezclee4050
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* DeadpanSnarker: Sam the Lion, and Genevieve the waitress.



* FilleFatale: Jacy, who's no stranger to using her looks to manipulate the males in her life.

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* FilleFatale: Jacy, who's "the only pretty girl in town" according to Genevieve, is no stranger to using her looks to manipulate the males in her life.


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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted hard. Jimmie Sue, the town hooker, is probably the single most loathsome character in the film, for her downright rude treatment of Billy.


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* LoveDodecahedron: There's the core triangle of Duane/Jacy/Sonny, then things branch far and wide from there.
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* FilleFatale: Jacy, who's no stranger to using her looks to manipulate the males in her life.
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* SoundtrackDissonance: The intense final scene with Sonny and Ruth has the goofy comedy record [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poCWRJTgMQU "It's in the Book"]] playing in the background.
14th May '17 8:06:41 PM Ezclee4050
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* SignatureMove: For Sam the Lion, rolling cigarettes.
14th May '17 6:42:28 PM Ezclee4050
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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Happens to [[spoiler:Duane]] when he [[spoiler:first tries to deflower Jacy]].



* ReCut: Columbia Pictures mandated that the film had to be under two hours in its original release (it ended up as 118 minutes). In TheNineties Peter Bogdanovich did a director's cut with eight additional minutes, which is the version that currently circulates



* ShoutOut: The two main characters watch ''Film/RedRiver'' during the titular "last picture show" at the town's soon-to-be-closing cinema.

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The two main characters watch ''Film/RedRiver'' during the titular "last picture show" at the town's soon-to-be-closing cinema.cinema.
** Opening the film with a silent white-on-black title card was a nod to ''Film/CitizenKane'', as was the frequent use of deep focus shots.
14th May '17 6:29:04 PM Ezclee4050
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* VirginShaming: Jacy and Billy are both recipients of this.
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%%* CoolOldGuy: Sam the Lion.

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%%* * CoolOldGuy: Sam the Lion.Lion, who acts a mentor to the boys and doesn't talk down to them.



%%* MrsRobinson: Sonny and Ruth Popper.

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%%* * MrsRobinson: Sonny and starts a relationship with Ruth Popper.Popper, the middle-aged wife of the high school basketball coach. It's also implied that Jacy's mother Lois might be attracted to him.



%%* SexIsLiberation: Heavily {{deconstructed}}.

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%%* * SexIsLiberation: Heavily {{deconstructed}}.{{deconstructed}}. Almost all the film's sexual pairings end up complicating things for the people involved, though Ruth, who's very shy and uptight before her affair with Sonny, is close to a straight example.



%%* SmallTownBoredom: One of the themes.

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%%* * SmallTownBoredom: One of Anarene has around 1,000 people, and the themes.only real economy in town is the dying oil industry. The teens and the adults live restless lives. As summed up by Creator/RogerEbert, it's a story "about a town with no reason to exist, and people with no reason to live there. The only hope is in transgression."
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