U.S., 1986, 90 min, 4K DCP, Dir. David Byrne, Rated PG, Warner Bros.
“This movie does what some painters try to do: It recasts ordinary images into strange new shapes.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“If there is such a thing as the perfect American movie, this certainly comes close.” –Luke Y. Thompson, LYTRules.com
David Byrne trades in his oversized Talking Heads suit for Western wear and a black Stetson to direct, co-write And star in True Stories, a Byrne's-eye view of Virgil, Texas (population 40,000 and growing).
That view, vividly shot by cinematographer Ed Lach-man and featuring music written by Byrne and songs performed by the Talking Heads, is danceably, irresistibly festive. You'll meet such amiable, offbeat folk as: bachelor Louis (John Goodman), who posts a "Wife Wanted" sign on his lawn; the world's laziest woman (Swoosie Kurtz); a precision lawn-mower marching team; and many more colorful participants in Virgil's Celebration of Specialness. Innovative, energetic, funny and special. That's the truth of True Stories.
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