I suppose part of my enthusiasm for Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971) was what I saw as its originality. But I’d never heard of Larry McMurtry, and I’d forgotten about Hud (Martin Ritt, 1963) which as a star-struck kid I saw as a film about Paul Newman, rather than one about Texas. Having now seen Hud again, and noted that it’s a McMurtry story, LPS is looking a bit derivative. The two films could certainly have used the same town’s main street (they didn’t).

Hud (Martin Ritt, 1963)

Garry Gillard | New: 4 March, 2017 | Now: 4 March, 2017