‘Last Film Show’ Review: An Indian Boy Creates His Own Cinema in a Sweet Ode to the Movies

Cinephiles have long been conditioned to roll their eyes at mawkishly uplifting movies about the magic of cinema.

The worst of these tend to come from people who can’t find any other way to make the same point, so it’s understandable if the ultra-earnest title card at the start of Pan Nalin’s “Last Film Show” inspires you to put your head between your knees and brace for a long two hours.

“Gratitude for illuminating the path…” it reads, followed by a short list of names that consists of the Lumière brothers, Eadweard Muybridge, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, and Andrei Tarkovsky.In the moment, that feels like both way too much and not enough.

By the end of Nalin’s , however, the decision to open with such a hokey tip of the hat seems entirely justified (and not just because all five of those filmmakers are paid cute

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