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USA drama 1971 bw 122 min.
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
CAV: $124.95 - available
3 discs, catalog # CC1271L

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2 discs, catalog # CC1325L

No director has shown his reverence for the auteur masters more openly than Peter Bogdanovich, who studied his craft with Orson Welles and John Ford, recording their conversations for posterity. An American contemporary of the French New Wave, Bogdanovich came to Criterion with a Wellesian mission: to restore his masterpiece to full length.

"This special restored edition of The Last Picture Show is a version with 20 more years' experience behind it ... I always felt we hadn't got it quite right, so I am especially happy to have had another chance at it." -Peter Bogdanovich

Winner of Entertainment Weekly's "Best Videodisc" award for 1991, only the Criterion editions of The Last Picture Show offer over seven minutes of additional footage and a great widescreen transfer. This coming-of-age story, set in small-town Texas during the early 1950s, features outstanding performances by Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, and Cloris Leachman (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). Both editions offer audio commentary by director Bogdanovich and the film's stars.

The CAV edition also contains:

  • The original and re-release theatrical trailers
  • Screen tests and location footage
  • Screenplay excerpts from The Last Picture Show and its sequel, Texasville

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