In theaters last weekend was the biographical tear Joe bell, which tells the true story of a heartbroken father who traveled across the country to raise awareness of bullying and discrimination after the death of his teenage son. It’s a heartfelt story of loss and mourning that aims to shatter misconceptions about masculinity. It is also the last film written by the late Texan writer Larry McMurtry.
Hailing from Archer City, McMurtry has been one of the iconic authors of modern westerns for more than six decades. Characterized by his sensitivity and mastery in bringing introspective characters to life, McMurtry was one of the most influential American authors of his time. His death in March has sparked tributes, memorials and retrospectives.
McMurtry remained in Texas for most of his career and often appeared in front of local audiences to discuss his writing. Some who have never had the chance to see McMurtry in person have often found his stories touching and his characters memorable on the big screen.
In 1963, an adaptation of McMurtry’s novel Rider pass has been renamed Hud and has become one of Paul Newman’s most iconic roles in cinema. McMurtry himself wrote the screenplay for The last picture show based on his own novel, and the acclaimed 1971 Peter Bogdonavich film became a historic moment in American independent cinema.
McMurtry’s excellent writings have often caught the attention of Hollywood awards organizations; Terms of affection (based on McMurtry’s novel) even won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1984. However, McMurtry himself didn’t take the stage until 2006, when he humbly accepted the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. for Brokeback Mountain, based on a short story by Annie Proulx. The masterful Western romance became a breakthrough in LGBTQ + representation, and the victory helped honor the empathetic work of McMurtry’s entire career.
Films written by McMurtry or adapted from his novels are an excellent entry point for Dallas residents looking to explore his larger body of work, and the Lone Star Film Society offers the chance to experience them in the format in which they are intended: the big screen. The A Tribute to Larry McMurtry series will be set in August at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art (3200 Darnell St.), accompanied by commentary by Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and virtual calls from SXSW co-founder Louis Black.
Hud screenings on Sunday August 7 at 2 p.m. and The last picture show Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. The series ends with Texasville Sunday August 15 at 4.30 p.m. Tickets are $ 7-10 per session and can be purchased at TheModern.org.