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The Straight Road

The Straight Road is one David Lynch film you may not have heard of. It is certainly unlike any other David Lynch film I have ever seen.  And for me it is his best. Quiet, quirky and yet strangely affecting and unforgettable.

Like 84 Charing Cross Road, it is based on a true story. In 1994, the 73 year-old Alvin Straight unable to drive a car due to poor eyesight, rode 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower, pulling  a trailer! As he drives slowly along the highways of the midwest, you get to see a fine painted image of communities he passes through. A splendid, and unexpected, treat from David Lynch.

The leading actor Richard Farnsworth, a Hollywood stuntman for over sixty years, received an Oscar nomination for his role. Well deserved too.

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"I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind, Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng" — Earnest Dowson, 1867 –1900 Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae (1896) (Excerpt)
The lovely image of an owl is courtesy of Michael Gäbler [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. The coffee image is public domain

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