True Stories (1986)
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as Narrator / Lip-Syncher / Talking Heads singer
as Louis Fyne
as Miss Rollings
as Earl Culver
as The Cute Woman
as Kay Culver
as Mr. Tucker
as The Preacher
as The Lying Woman
as The Computer Guy
as Linda Culver
as Larry Culver
as The Little Girl on the Road
as Duck Hunter
as Mr. Tucker's Son
as Teenage Girl in Field
as Man in Church
as Member of Air Band
as Member of Air Band
as Laughing Headline Reader #1
as Grandfather in Mall
Critic Reviews for True Stories
This is not a musical. It's a bold attempt to paint a bizarre American landscape. This movie does what some painters try to do: It recasts ordinary images into strange new shapes.
An organic mixture of poetry and irony, tenderness and sharpness, and a sense of the ordinary and the incredible. [Full Review in Spanish]
Byrne brings [his] big-hearted love of the nakedly quotidian to his first directorial effort...
What makes True Stories so wildly different from the dream-visions of all the quirky and hip directors who followed its example is its vehement refusal to condescend to or mock the people on screen.
The best parts are, not surprisingly, the ample musical interludes. The character vignettes run hot and cold, with many registering as little more than quirky caricatures.
Audience Reviews for True Stories
True Stories is a heartwarming, genuine, sometimes abstract look at the change taking place in Texas (and US in general) during the mid-1980's. David Byrne plays himself (sort of) as the narrator who looks upon the fictional town of Virgil and its odd inhabitants with a sort of child-like wonder as they prepare for their "celebration of specialness" anniversary celebration. Incorporating music from their album of the same name the Talking Heads (Byrne mostly) take us on a wondrously bittersweet adventure that weaves through the extraordinarily ordinary lives of Virgil's town folk. More than just a snapshot of the particular time and place this film captures the essence of American optimism, those intangible dreams and vapid pursuits that we are so fortunate to be able to undertake.
A quirky, comic and insightful look at "Americana" through the eyes of one of the musical geniuses of our lifetime, Mr. David Byrne. Sountrack by Talking Heads. What more could you ask for?
Quirky is right! Some of it rings of truth. I liked the songs about watching too much television, corporate religions and the kids in a suburban wasteland. The family dinner table communication rituals were bizarre. There is some nice imagery about American oblivion. I felt empty after watching a society so bent, but was never bored. Michael Moore and Christopher Guest probably drew some inspiration from some of this.
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