An Evening With Cloris Leachman, featuring The Last Picture Show
DIRECTED BY PETER BOGDANOVICH
USA, 1971, 125 MIN, RATED R
Hollywood icon Cloris Leachman will be present for a Q&A at the conclusion of this very special screening of The Last Picture Show. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet this legendary actress and television star here at Enzian. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
About the film:
One of the signature films of the “New Hollywood” of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, this great American drama was nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director, and a remarkable four nominations for acting: Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor, and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress. Johnson and Leachman both won Oscars®, a fitting tribute to a stellar ensemble cast that also featured Timothy Bottoms, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, John Hillerman, and Randy Quaid and Cybill Shepherd in their film debuts. Set in a small, windswept, dying Texas town in the early ‘50s, where the only cinema is about to close for good, this coming-of-age tale is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Larry McMurtry and lovingly directed by Peter Bogdanovich as an homage to Hollywood giants such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Orson Welles. Beautifully shot in black and white by Robert Surtees, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW so effectively captures its time that Roger Ebert called it “the best film of 1951.” The Florida Film Festival is honored to show this classic work in a stunning digital restoration with seven minutes previously unseen in its theatrical release, added by Bogdanovich.
About Cloris Leachman:
Cloris Leachman is a true Hollywood icon and one of the most accomplished and beloved American actresses of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy® Awards—more than any other performer—and one Daytime Emmy Award. She also won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in the film The Last Picture Show, for which she also garnered a BAFTA Award.
Ms. Leachman is one of the most respected comedic actresses of her time. Her long career covers television dramas and comedies from television’s Golden Age in the 1950s until today. In 2011, she was ranked #23 in the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV. Her television appearances are many, including Lassie, The Twilight Zone, The Muppet Show, and The Facts of Life. Ms. Leachman’s longest running role was the nosy, self-centered, and manipulative landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on the 1970s TV series Mary Tyler Moore, and later on the spin-off series Phyllis. More recently, she recurred on Malcolm in the Middle and can currently be seen on Fox’s Raising Hope. She was a contestant in Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars, so far the oldest competitor in the ABC series.
Her movies include Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part 1, and Spanglish. Upcoming releases include The Fields, with Tara Reid, a remake of the 1966 film; Gambit, with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz; and The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. Cloris just completed filming Adult World with Emma Roberts and John Cusack.
Ms. Leachman was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011 and has her own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She resides in Los Angeles and spends much of her time with her children and her five grandchildren.