True Stories

True Stories

DVD - 2018
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"Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation ot what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show--all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience"--Container.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781681435275
1681435276
Branch Call Number: DVD TRUE STO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: True stories (Motion picture).

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lukasevansherman
Jul 15, 2019

"It's about liking and appreciating people and things. It doesn't have to be high style to be good. Sometimes plain things are better to look at."-David Byrne
I would say that at least 3 of the commentators have missed the point of this movie. I think Byrne is gently satirizing consumer culture, rather than putting in product placements for cash. Funny. The one and only feature film from David Byrne of Talking Heads is about as offbeat, eccentric, and dryly comic as you would expect. Inspired by Altman's "Nashville" and tabloid headlines, Byrne explores the denizens of a fictional Texas town and stars as a cowboy-hat wearing outsider/narrator/guide. His embrace of Americana in all its forms is somewhat similar to "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," which came out around the same time. He works with non-actors, unknowns, and a few familiar faces like John Goodman, in his first major role, Spalding Gray, Swoosie Kurtz, and Pops Staples of the Staples Singers. Unsurprisingly, the movie is soaked in much, both Talking Heads and others. A one of a kind movie. The documentaries on the bonus disc, one new and one old, are both worth watching.

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misatim
May 19, 2019

So Bad! all product placement for money. A great example of greed

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chriscoleman
Mar 28, 2019

One of the worst home videos I've ever seen. It's music reels from long ago with a home video camera. :(

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amanoletters99
Mar 27, 2019

If you like the Talking Heads' music than this is for you. John Goodman is excellent as always. An interesting array of characters, sad and funny at the same time. This film shows to be a little dated but is still worth a viewing. Ahh the innocent 80's.

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cmarie20
Dec 29, 2018

Freakin' weird.

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bjustin
Apr 24, 2015

Great film! Byrne sees the strange world we live in as an alien from another planet might. The result is great fun, wit, and genius.

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