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Larry McMurtry, writer of ‘The Last Movie’ and screenwriter of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ dies


Their stories received two Oscars and inspired iconic movies and television series

Larry McMurtry, in 2014.AP
  • Jonah Trueba ‘The last movie’

Larry McMurtry, American writer, known for being the author of the novels that inspired the movies The last movie Y The strength of affection, in addition to the series Lonesome Dove, has died at the age of 84, as announced by his family.

McMurtry was the author of almost 50 books: novels, scripts, plays, essays, short stories … The text of the film also appears on his resume Brokeback Mountain, a story by Annie Proulx, which deserved an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. The western United States has been the setting and the cultural reference for most of his texts: stories of prematurely aging peoples, stranded characters, and eternal journeys that McCurtry said he approached with a demystifying attitude.

The last movie, his best-known novel in Spain, was made into a Peter Bogdanovich film that was starred in 1971 by some very young Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Cibyll Shepherd and that narrated the history of the students of a town that that same day saw its last cinema closing. The film, shot in black and white, minimalist and dark, was one of the great stories of entry into adult life of the 70s.

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The strength of affection (1981) also had a luxury cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels… James L. Brooks turned the novel into a manners drama about love and heartbreak that won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

Larry McMurtry was born in 1936 in Archer City, a dusty town in the West like the ones in their stories. He grew up on a ranch where there were no books but where, according to his memoirs, the only entertainment possible at night was counting oral histories.

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