‘Last’ film series starts tonight

A showing of the film “The Last American Hero” is scheduled for tonight at the Peterborough Town Library.

This 1973 PG-rated film starring Jeff Bridges and Valerie Perrine is loosely based upon Tom Wolfe’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of the career of stock car legend Junior Johnson, who honed his driving skills running moonshine in the hills of western North Carolina. The film’s theme song, “I Got a Name,” sung by Jim Croce, became a best-selling single.

The library’s “Four Last Films” series features 1970s films each with “Last” in its title. The May 14 film will be “The Last Picture Show,” from 1971 and R-rated, followed by the comedy-mystery “The Last of Sheila,” from 1973 and rated PG.

The series wraps up on May 28 with “The Last Wave,” from 1977 and not rated, a haunting film directed by Peter Weir and starring Richard Chamberlain.

All films are screened at 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room and are free.

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