Sonntag, 27. Oktober 2013

The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)

The coming-of-age of a teenager stuck in a rutting Texan village in the 50s.

The story in the movie revolves mostly about relations in the small town. Some of the relations are of a sexual nature, or about sexual discovery. The adultery committed by the wife of the school coach (who is secretly homosexual), all the women in the movie live in warped relationships - Jacy's mother has had different lovers, and Genevieve seems to be happy in her role as a cafe "mum", I'm not quite sure about her relationship with Sam.

The other relations are forged to secure vertical social mobility - Jacy, who seems very unsure about her own sexuality is already deeply influenced by the pragmatic approach that her (unhappy) mother has had towards marriage and relationships in general. Duane, who is definitively on the lower end of the scale - the Jackson's house is more of a shack - cannot comprehend this, at least on an emotional level.

There is one thing strangely lacking from the setup - the family relations. It is kind of ironic that in such a small town, none of the characters seem to be related in any way - and except for two scenes, where Sunny actually meets his estranged father, and Jacy's mother - a reflection of a younger self, there don't seem to be any kind of blood relations between the principal characters. This gives the characters even more isolation to the loneliness of this middle of nowhere town.

The photography is gorgeous and the close-ups have a very interesting quality to them, that I can't quite place. The stock seemed grainy, although very detailed at the same time, giving the film a very distinguished look.

The fight scene between Sunny and Duane is quite amazing, the scene was rehearsed in cuts already, so everything plays out very precisely. Some interesting angles there.

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