Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
The Straight Story
"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle.
Angelo Badalamenti's score swells with pure emotion. Similar to another brilliant and beautiful story, Paris, Texas, (there's way too many commas there) this is about a man on the path to redemption. Similar to that movie, this is a pure mannered, unmelodramatic weeper.
Little by little, this curious man is unpacked like a Russian doll. Across Iowa to Wisconsin, cornfields galore on his small lawn mower, we're truly in the midwest. And as the film unfolds, we're confronted with a man whose crippled old frame belies his brutal past: a past of war and alcoholism and brotherly love and loss and children reared amidst violence and tempers. It's almost unbearably close to home.
I think Forrest's stellar review sums it…
It is sometimes easy to forget what a versatile director Lynch really is as he lately only deals in vagueness and weirdness. The Straight Story is a gentle reminder of what Lynch is also capable of. Delving into a character and placing him into the real world through us, his viewers.
The title is far from a clever play on words but its ambiguity serves the film really well as this really is a simple story told in the straightest way imaginable by a director who can find the realness in a performance and a character, be they big or small. Just look at the faces of the people our hero encounters, they are real people, heck, look at our…
Film #89 of Project 90
”I'd give each one of 'em a stick and, one for each one of 'em, then I'd say, 'You break that.' Course they could real easy. Then I'd say, 'Tie them sticks in a bundle and try to break that.' Course they couldn't. Then I'd say, "That bundle... that's family."
David Lynch is famous for his mind-bending and surreal style and his special way of mixing reality and dream which eventually leads to nightmarish and perplexing experiences, but with this he shows that he has the ability to move out of his comfort zone and deliver something even more fascinating, and more amazingly he doesn't need anything special, just give him a stubborn old man…
I love how Lynch teases us with the possibility that this could go full Blue Velvet at any moment.
I have noticed something about sticking Film4 and TCM on during the day - pretty much everything they show is westerns.
I'm largely fine with that. I do love a good western and always have. But it's always nice to have some variety, isn't it? The Straight Story isn't quite what I was expecting, in fairness. It's about 40 years younger than what they usually show during the day but because it has a bunch of coffin dodgers in it, TCM probably surmised that might well attract their usual coffin dodger audience. And me.
I'd always known of The Straight Story as 'that normal film David Lynch made' and…
Went in expecting something like, I dunno, movies I never go see, but I'm delighted to report that not only is this delightful and heartwarming in the best Hollywood tradition, but also unmistakably Lynchian in ways big and small. In some ways, it might actually be the key to unlocking huge swaths of his other work, since it reveals that his affection for small-town communities and the people in them as anything but ironic.
Respect your elders, kids
Scavenger Hunt #21 ( letterboxd.com/vsartorio/list/december-scavenger-hunt-21/ ) - Movie #7
Task #20 A Live Action Disney Film Pre 2000
A film that captures in an incredibly sensitive way the epiphanies of a man confronting his own mortality.
One of these epiphanies is the central theme of the film, the protagonist's decision to swallow the pride and see again the brother he had not talked to for 10 years:
"I know to separate the wheat from the chaff, and let the small stuff fall away."
It's a "feel good movie," an atmosphere different from Lynch's other work. The director made yet another excellent use of the cameras to create this simple and distinctive environment. He did not waste time with unnecessary…
Watched as part of Scavenger Hunt 21 December 2016/Task 20 -A Live Action Disney Film Pre 2000/Film 3
Disney and Lynch sounds an incredible combination for both intrigue and storytelling, add in Sissy Spacek to the mix and you have my full attention.
Lynch takes the true (incredible) story of Alvin Straight and puts it in a world we can all see with beautiful cinematography, fantastic acting and a lovely score again by the magnificent Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti.
The film was shot in sequence and has an added impact when you find out Richard Farnsworth was suffering with terminal cancer when filming this and eventually committed suicide a year later. Apparently Farnsworth really admired the story and really wanted…
I remember this.... I remember coming across this on a really old VHS tape, you know... the VHS covers made of that ugly, extra thick plastic... I can't even remember where. But I watched this over and over..... I had completely forgotten about it untill it popped up in someones favourites. THANK YOU WHOEVER THAT WAS.
My mind is blurred from being so young.
I gotta watch this again with fresh *grown up* eyes... I want to feel the nostalgia.
*closes eyes, bows head*
I will watch this and report back :D
Impossible not to cry for this story, the straight story.
One of the most eloquent parables for the American Midwest.
None of David Lynch's bizarre sensibilities are anywhere to be found here. In fact, it's astonishing how quickly he segued from the simmering disturbance of Lost Highway into a Disney film that is so classically accessible.
It's also an undeniable masterclass of simple storytelling, patient rhythms and profound feeling. Even from the opening scene—it's as if The Straight Story is forming a lyrical poem for America's vast land and country folk, with overhead vistas upon a rustic small town.
73-year-old widower Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) lives with his speech-impaired daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek) in Laurens, Iowa. Despite his bad hips and emphysema, Alvin chooses to go by his day with…
Prima di vedere questo film avevo sentito che fosse uno dei meno "lynchani" : è così. Infatti il regista lascia da parte molte delle sue peculiarità per focalizzarsi sul racconto di questo lento viaggio rettilineo, dritto, "straight".
Il risultato è stupefacente, intensità in immagine, emozioni forti ma delicate. La storia poteva assai facilmente diventare il classico film buonista,strappalacrime e superficiale, ed è qui che si trova la maestria e il tatto del regista, che trasforma invece il film in una pellicola indimenticabile. La sceneggiatura nonostante veicoli contenuti profondi non è mai pomposa o sopra le righe, si mostra invece delicata, soffice. Scenografia e fotografia che esaltano le immense distese di campi dell'America rurale, spesso e volentieri troppo dimenticata. Richard Farnsworth…
"What's the worst part about being old?"
"Rememberin' when you was young."
What a simple beautiful film about an old man at the end of his life who only has a mountain of regret to show for it.
The scene where he finally meets up with his brother is devastating. Something about old men crying always gets me.
David Lynch is amazing.
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