Comedy, Musical

Retro: The Criterion Collection Film Series Presents

True Stories

  • Sat, Jun 22
    • 3:00pm - Cinema One
  • Sun, Jun 23
    • 4:20pm - Cinema One
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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 hyper realistic 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.