Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates! Film Series : The Western: How It Was Never One

True Stories

1986, David Byrne, USA, 89 min. With David Byrne, John Goodman.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 14th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 18th 6:00pm

"An exuberant and wonderfully oddball stew of deadpan comedy, character drama, music video, and art installation." - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Real art-rock hipster David Byrne visits the fictional town of Virgil, TX, which is poised to celebrate the state's sesquicentennial with a parade and a talent show. Driving a red convertible and gamely going native in cowboy hats and bolo ties, Byrne explores a new frontier of shopping malls and microchips. While waiting for the festivities to commence, he gets acquainted with some of the notable locals, including the town's most prominent couple (Spalding Gray and Annie McEnroe), who never speak directly to each other; a rich woman (Swoosie Kurtz) who never leaves her bed; and an affable bachelor (John Goodman) desperate to find a wife. The free-spirited citizens are liable to burst into song at any moment, often lip-synching recordings by Byrne and his legendary group Talking Heads. 35mm. (MR)

Tuesday lecture by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Video and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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