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The Last Picture Show

Before he set his sights on creating motion pictures specific to the era in which he grew up, Peter Bogdanovich was a film critic.  He must have adhered to that old saw about those who can’t do criticize.  His film commentaries seemed to make him a more dialed-in observer of the generation that grew up during the 1960s and 1970s.  As most learned cinephiles will recall, this period in American culture was extremely turbulent.  Wars were being waged against enemies no one could see.  The essential levers of finance and commerce were pretty much riddled with hidden gears and escape clauses.  And, it seems, protests were everywhere.

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