IMA Film: The Last Picture Show

Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Friday, February 19, 2010, for the 1971 classic The Last Picture Show. This Indianapolis art event screens a cinematic classic with performances from young Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. The film begins at 7:00 pm in the Tobias Theatre at the IMA. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are available only at the ticketing desk of the IMA. Discounts are given to Indianapolis kids and members of this Indianapolis art museum.

Peter Bogdanovich adapted the film’s screenplay from the semi autobiographical novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in the 1950’s in a small town of western Texas, it is a coming of age story of two high school chums. The film broke new ground with its pop only soundtrack (a first for the time) and the aesthetic decision to shoot in black and white (an unusual choice for the time).

It stars Timothy Bottoms as Sonny Crawford and Jeff Bridges as Duane Jackson, two high school seniors who share everything: the title of captain of the school’s football team, a rooming house and a beat up old pick up truck. The ensemble of the film is peppered with star performances from Randy Quaid, Cybil Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan and many more. Together they make up a community of dysfunctional towns people trying to through life.

Video: Trailer for The Last Picture Show at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana


Through a series of relationship trade offs and trade ups, the characters experience grief, love, sex, hatred, anger and every other emotion on the spectrum. The characters come of age against a backdrop of boastfulness, romance and regret. The film, about restless teens in the middle of nowhere Texas, was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cloris Leachman) and one for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ben Johnson).

The Last Picture Show launched Peter Bogdanovich’s career as a director. With the simple tagline “Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed…” Bogdanovich touched a chord with millions of Americans, particularly teens, in the 1970s. In 1998, the Library of Congress found the film to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It was selected to be preserved by the National Film Registry for generations to come. Its prophetic look at small town America speaks to the culture we live in today. As one of the American Film Institute’s top 100 films of all time, The Last Picture Show at the IMA is a must see.

See The Last Picture Show on Friday, February 19, 2010 in 35 mm at the IMA. Indianapolis media personality, Matthew Socey of WFYI, will introduce Bogdanovich’s masterpiece. The film runs 118 minutes and is sponsored by NUVO Newsweekly.

For additional information about this Indianapolis event, visit the IMA’ official website.

Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Before the film grab dinner in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. With one of the biggest varieties of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars in the Circle City, there is something for everyone in Broad Ripple Village. Get out and find some fun in Indy tonight!

The Last Picture Show
Friday, February 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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