I'd like to think that there is a truly American film. And if there is, it is The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich's national epic. Based on Larry McMurtry's novel, and adapted to screen by the author, The Last Picture Show succeeds in capturing both a time of change, its agents, and the characters that we find ourselves caring so much about.
This film is unmistakably Western, grand as it is. Even with its most serious moments the movie's characters try to crack a smile under their warm tears. It is important, and sad, and moving, and oh my god, you'll be close to tears when Billy dies. He was just trying to sweep the street, goddamit. Really, this movie is so American.