The Crazy World Of Julius Vrooder - 1974
Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in VA hospital. He located a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete with electricity while also falling in love with his doctor.
Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing - 1973
American Walter Albertson, in his late teens, is feeling lost within his family of overachieves. Thirty-something Englishwoman Lila is emotionally depressed. The two meet on their respective vacations in Spain, when, on the spur of the moment, Walter decides to ditch his overly regimented cycling tour group and join the bus tour group of which Lila is a part. They hardly speak to each other during the first few days, and when they do, they make each other nervous since each is scared of life. Their relationship is put to the test of outside scrutiny when they meet and gave an extended stay with a Spanish Duke.
I've just ordered the Italian Blu-ray of this (its cheaper) which has an English language setting!!! Google says... An unnamed young extortionist (Timothy Bottoms) sets off a bomb on an amusement park roller coaster, causing multiple fatalities, then says that he will do the same to five other rides around the country simultaneously unless he's paid one million dollars. Amusement park employee Harry Calder (George Segal) gets unwillingly drawn into the precarious situation when the FBI's lead agent (Richard Widmark) presses him into service as the go-between with the authorities and the bomber.
Initial release: 10 June 1977
Cold dusty streets roam the landscape of forgotten desolate storefronts. An old delapadated pick up rolls by carrying two young happy-go-lucky kids without a care in the world. Among the last of the lineup of stores is an old movie theater showing Sands of Iwo Jima, one of the few oddities of entertainment remaining in this dying Texas town. Coming of age is hard, espically when graduating high school means entering directly into the blue collar work force. The poverty line is prevelant, going as far as to refer to a well-to-do young man as “Wichita” during a scuffle. Simplicity and hard work radiate from the screen, as well as young love and irresponsible behavior. Each of our main characters grow to become something more than teenagers; a soldier, a hard working poolhall owner, and cunning intellectual yearning for attanetion. The road to get there is long and winding, but the journey is worth the time. #TheLastPictureShow#PeterBogdanovich#CybillShepherd#JeffBridgs#TimothyBottoms#Film#Cinema
(June) A Month of 1970's American Cinema - The Last Picture Show (1971), Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
A small, impactful film that is both part of the New
Generation of American movies and also anti-New Generation.
The style and grace of the film looks back to the 1950s of the John Ford and Howard Hawkes cinema, but with a modern, 1970s approach. There is the obvious new sexuality in the film, and black and white cinematography, but there is also
something groundbreaking in Bogdonovich's directing style that is part of the revolution happening in American film at the time.
A well-crafted and acted film with Supporting Actor Oscars going to Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson and Nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Director, Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees). The film was edited by Donn Cambern and Peter Bogdonovich.
Such a successful premiere of Welcome to the Men’s Group this past week!! Opening weekend is off to a great start, so don’t miss your chance to see this groundbreaking film followed by a Q+A with some of the cast!! Today and tomorrow at noon and 4:45pm! TICKET LINK IN BIO!!
We’re less than one week away from the opening of #welcometothemensgroup . Why not top off this #mothersday by buying her tickets to see the first film about men for women! Join us for opening weekend at the #laemmlemusichall , May 18th, 19th and 20th! Purchase tickets here: https://www.laemmle.com/films/43873#get -tickets or follow the link in our bio!
A very happy 92nd birthday to Cloris Leachman!
She won the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress (and oh yeah, an Oscar too) in 1971 for her incredible performance as Ruth Popper, a depressed housewife who has an affair with the much younger Timothy Bottoms in Peter Bogdanovich's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. #NBRawards#NBRtop10
#TheLastPictureShow , a #1971#film would be a pivotal moment in the #NewHollywood era & for director #PeterBogdanovich , who saw his career flourish with his 4th film with #Oscar noms & plenty of praise to follow. But #Bogdanovich made one of the finest films of the #1970s : a throwback to classic Hollywood (complete with #blackandwhite cinematography), a rumination on the loss of youthful innocence & a metaphor for the death of a community through #cinema . TLPS documents the comings & goings of 3 aimless teens: best pals Sonny (#timothybottoms ) & Duane (#jeffbridges ) & the object of their affection Jacy Farrow (#cybillshepherd , setting the cinematic bar of the unattainable girl in high school but ultimately a big fish in a small pond). #AnareneTexas is a small town I decline, its biggest attraction other than the pool hall is the local movie theater, both owned & operated by Sam “the Lion” (#BenJohnson , best known for westerns, giving a beautifully calibrated performance as the looked up to town elder). Meanwhile, Sonny begins an affair with Ruth (#ClorisLeachman , winning an Oscar alongside Johnson), the unhappy middle aged wife of the gym teacher. TLPS is about mourning but not about people (which there are characters who pass) but the loss of a community as it slowly descends into a ghost town. These 3 teens all stand idly by, their futures in question as to where they’ll end up, a symbol of a lost youth once the protective shell of high school ends & real life begins. Love, life, youth & death exist in our world, just as they do in this tiny town where the inanities of life are creeped up upon by the changing of people & the times. It’s easy to understand why this film got so much acclaim, given its simplicity is a mask for greater things. #RandyQuaid & #EllenBurstyn both appear in supporting roles as the town’s residents. Based on the #LarryMcMurtry book. #30DaysofCriterionCollection#CriterionCollection#30daysoffilmscholar
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Pocos directores son tan irregulares en cuanto a éxitos y fracasos como Peter Bogdanovich, pero pocos son también los que han logrado hacer películas tan importantes como "The Last Picture Show".
Cuenta la historia de un año, de invierno a invierno, y desde el punto de vista de Sonny, un adolescente local, de un pueblo texano donde nunca pasa nada y nunca pasará nada, y sus múltiples personajes recurren como pueden al secreto para no volverse locos.
Es una película impecable en lo formal, que descansa en los personajes antes que en la acción, cuyas motivaciones se van descubriendo poco a poco, pero pasan por dar rienda suelta a unos instintos pasionales que la presión del medio ahoga. Silencio, abuso, represión, infidelidad, sexo sin amor y resignación a que todo lo que se tendrá en la vida es eso, en el momento en que más cosas se quieren, son el destino silencioso que aguarda a todos ellos, y la pregunta es si Sonny conseguirá salir a tiempo de ese agujero negro o hallará un rescoldo de emoción que haga la vida soportable.
Se puede hablar del maravilloso blanco y negro, del acierto con que cada actor dota de una calidad teatral a cualquier papel, por pequeño que sea, al inteligente uso del sonido de fondo, de la omnipresente voz de Hank Williams Sr., de la incipiente televisión como ventana a un mundo inalcanzable, de las actuaciones maestras de los jovencísimos Cybill Shepherd o Jeff Bridges, de la perfecta circularidad de estructura y planos, de la amargura que destila y su sentido de lo inevitable... el espacio se queda pequeño cuando hay tanto que alabar; menos mal que podremos verla una y otra vez y que nos ayude a expiar esos dolores.