13TH ANNUAL TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS
The Last Picture Show
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, framed in gorgeous black & white
cinematography, is one of the well-deserved classics of cinema.
Directed by a 31-year-old Peter Bogdanovich in 1971, it captures with
bittersweet heart the cruel desolation of a dying West Texas town and
its lonesome inhabitants. The film made stars of its brilliant cast –
Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd, Randy
Quaid and Ellen Burstyn – but it was Ben Johnson’s Oscar-winning
performance as Sam the Lion that breathed unredeeming life into the
fictional Anarene, Texas. Shepherd’s turn as the beautiful,
manipulative Jacy Farrow would prove to be one of the most explosive
screen debuts in cinema history. The film won Academy Awards for Cloris
Leachman and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best
Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Supporting Actress (Ellen
Burstyn), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Thirty-five years
after it was adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
remains a definitive film about the Lone Star state, brittle and
relentless as the dry West Texas wind.
CYBILL SHEPHERD transformed from cover girl to fil star when Peter Bogdanovich cast her as the town tease in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Martin Scorsese chose her to star opposite Robert DeNiro in 1976's TAXI DRIVER. Her career on big and small screens includes the hit TV shows Moonlighting and Cybill.