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True Stories

Tuesday, December 4

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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 of 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.” – Criterion Collection

  • Short Title True Stories
  • Country USA
  • Year 1986
  • Running Time 89 minutes
  • Director David Byrne
  • Writer David Byrne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley
  • Editor Caroline Biggerstaff
  • Cinematographer Ed Lachman
  • Cast David Byrne, John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Jo Harvey Allen, Spalding Gray