436412_1020_AProducer’s Committee Film Picks for August 2009

DVD films:

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich @ 118 minutes.

The film stars Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Cybill Shepherd, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Randy Quaid, John Hillerman, and Noble Willingham. Synopsis: This is a brilliant study of life in a small Texas town during the 1950’s, providing a new perspective on how multiple characters can interact and intertwine. It is based on the prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry. Oscars went to Ben Johnson, and Cloris Leachman for their sensitive performances—but the entire cast worked at the same level, capturing the melancholy mood of a ghost town in the making; creating an unforgettable portrait of lost innocence and small town Americana.  Roger Ebert called the movie, “the best film of 1951”. It was beautifully shot in black and white by Robert Surtees.


TEXASVILLE (1990) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich @ 123 minutes.

The film stars Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid, Eileen Brennan, Annie Potts, William McNamara, and Angie Bolling. Synopsis: This film is the sequel to THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, picking up many of the original characters 20 years later, featuring a colorful series of vignettes—almost a Robert Altmanish set of overlapping sequences; a brave effort by the director and cast. It was photographed in color by Nicholas Josef von Sternberg. It was also based on a novel by Larry McMurtry.

Theatrical film opening at the Grand on Friday, July 31, 2009.

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) Directed by Marc Webb @ 95 minutes.

The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, and Chloe Moretz. Synopsis: This is more than a love story, becoming a story about love. An offbeat comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe that true love even exists and the young man who falls for her—then pursues her valiantly like a modern day Don Quixote. He pursues her with all his wits and courage, for despite everything he still fervently believes that love still has the power to shock the heart, to stop the world.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW will screen at CSL on Friday, August 7, 2009.

TEXASVILLE will screen at CSL on Friday, August 14, 2009.


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