The director immerses us in the universe of youth, more specifically in the sexual awakening of a group of teenagers (among them, the young and beautiful Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges) in a small Texan city during the fifties.
What I really wanted to do on The Last Picture Show was concentrate on the actors, to really get good performances out of them. One other reason why I wanted to make the picture was because after reading the novel by Larry McMurtry I didn’t know how to film it. Solving the problem of how to turn this story into a film was very intriguing to me. I liked the fact that it was about a world I knew nothing about. It was quite a challenge to make a film about what was, basically, a foreign country to me. Larry wrote a draft, which I rewrote. The trouble with Larry was that he really didn’t like his book as much as I did. He kept changing the script. I would say, ‘Larry, this wasn’t in the book.’ He said, ‘No, it’s better.’ I said, ‘No, it’s worse,’ and I would change it back to the book. It’s funny correcting the writer himself. The script really was pretty much the book with parts cut out. We really could have made the picture another hour longer. PB
D: Peter Bogdanovich G: Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich F: Robert Surtees E: Donn Cambern DA: Polly Platt P: Stephen J. Friedman PE: Bert Schneider CP: BBS Productions I: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman
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Was born in New York, USA, in 1939. Film critic, actor, producer, writer, filmmaker and writer. He studied theater in New York with Stella Adler and worked as a theater director. He did an extensive work as a historian interviewing directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Wells and John Ford, among others. He began his film career as an assistant...