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The Last Picture Show

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The Last Picture Show

Paper Moon

Fri, Jan 15, 2010 7 PM
Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cybill Shepherd, Ryan and Tatum O’Neals, and Cloris Leachman (long before her turn on Dancing with the Stars). In tonight’s films, Bogdanovich tells timeless American stories with two remarkable ensemble casts.

A national treasure, The Last Picture Show draws on Larry McMurtry’s novel to paint a beautifully observed story of lives and ways of life unraveling in small-town Texas—a gradual force symbolized by the closing of the town’s only movie theater. Actors Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson both won Oscars in supporting roles; the terrific cast also includes Ellen Burstyn, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and Cybill Shepherd, in her film debut. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1998. (126 mins., 35mm)

Bogdanovich returned to period Americana with Paper Moon, a charmingly picaresque tale of a small-time con man adventuring his way through the Depression in the company of a nine-year-old girl. The pair is played by real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, who then became the youngest performer to win an Academy Award. With Madeline Kahn. (102 mins., 35mm)

Paper Moon begins at 9:15 PM.

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